Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread.

"The _American Messenger_ tells the story of Johnny Hall, a poor boy.

His mother worked hard for their daily bread. 'Please give me something

to eat; I am very hungry,' he said one evening. His mother let the work

upon which she was sewing fall from her knee, and drew Johnny toward

her. Her tears fell fast as she said: 'Mamma is very poor, and cannot

give you any supper to-night.' 'Never mind, mamma; I shall soon be

eep, and then I sha'n't feel hungry. But you will sit and sew, and be

so hungry and cold. Poor mamma,' he said, and kissed her many times to

comfort her.

"'Now, Johnny, you may say your prayers;' for dearly as his mother loved

him, she could ill afford to lose a moment from her work. He repeated

'Our Father' with her until they came to the petition, 'Give us this day

our daily bread.' The earnestness, almost agony, with which the mother

uttered these words, impressed Johnny strongly. He said them over again:

'_Give us this day our daily bread_.' Then opening his blue eyes, he

fixed them on his mother, and said: 'We shall never be hungry any more.

God is _our Father_, and he _will_ hear us.' The prayer was finished and

Johnny laid to rest. The mother sewed with renewed energy. Her heart was

sustained by the simple faith of her child. Many were the gracious

promises which came to her remembrance. Although tired and hungry, still

it was with a light heart she sank to rest.

"Early in the morning a gentleman called on his way to business. He

wished Johnny's mother to come to his home to take charge of his two

motherless boys. She immediately accepted the offer. They were thus

provided with all the comforts of a good home. Johnny is a man now, but

he has never forgotten the time when he prayed so earnestly for his

daily bread.

"_God will hear prayer_ is his firm belief. In many ways has he had the

faith of his childhood confirmed. He looks to God as his Father with the

same trust now as then.