The Widow's Shoes.

A poor woman--a widow with an invalid son--a member of the church, could

not attend church, or the neighborhood prayer-meetings, for the want of

shoes. She asked the Lord for the shoes. That very day the village

school-master called in to see her son. Meanwhile he noticed that the

boy's mother had very poor shoes. He said nothing, but felt impressed,

and inwardly resolved to purchase the poor woman a pair of shoes

with. He accordingly hired a horse, rode two miles on horseback to

a shoe-store, bought the shoes, and requested them sent to the widow's

cottage without delay. They proved a perfect fit; and that very night

the overjoyed woman hurried to the prayer-meeting to announce that in

answer to prayer the Lord had sent her the shoes.

The young school-master, who, I suspect, was my informant himself, now a

venerable, white-haired man, heard the poor woman's testimony; and his

pillow that night was wet with tears of gratitude and joy because God

had used him thus to bless the poor widow, and to answer her prayers.