A pretty story



I remember reading of a matron in charge of an institution that was giving loaves of bread to the poor children who would gather at the appointed time. As soon as the door was opened there would be one big rush. All of the children except one little girl would try to get the largest loaves that they could find, and then run on. After they were gone the little girl would come up and pick up the loaf that the rest had left then go past the matron and thank her for it. After watching this for several days the matron made one loaf only about half as large as the rest and placed a gold coin inside of it. The next day as usual the rest of the children took all of the large loaves and left the small one for the last little girl, who took it and thanked the matron as usual without one word of complaint. When she got home the invalid Christian mother cut the loaf for their day's meal. When she found the coin, she hurriedly sent the little girl back to the matron with the coin. When the girl returned with the assurance that it was hers, they knelt to thank God who wonderfully provides.


From: EFFECTIVE ILLUSTRATIONS By William Moses Tidwell, Printed in U.S.A. 1943, Beacon Hill Press Kansas City, Mo.