very present help in trouble" (Psalm 46:1). A little boy and his widowed
mother had been reading of how the ravens fed Elijah. The two were sitting in
a fireless room beside a bare table on a bitter Christmas night. Both were
very hungry and their case was desperate, but simple faith triumphed. When
they had finished reading and had knelt down to pray, the little boy asked if
he might open the door for God's ravens to come in, for he was sure they must
be on their way. The mother agreed. The Mayor of the town was passing the
house and noticed the open door and came to find out what was the matter. The
story was soon told and his response was, "I will be God's raven."
Very soon their need was abundantly met. -- From the Christian Herald (
From: EFFECTIVE ILLUSTRATIONS By William Moses Tidwell, Printed in U.S.A. 1943, Beacon Hill Press Kansas City, Mo.