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GOD CAN NEVER DIE

 

IT was a Sunday morningThe sun shone brightly and warmly into the room as the air mild and refreshing flowed through the open window And out under God'sblue heaven where fields and meadows were covered with greens and flowers all the little birds rejoiced While joy and contentment were everywhere outside in the house lived sorrow and misery Even the wife who otherwise always was in good spirits sat that morning at the breakfasttable with a downcast expression finally she arosewithouthaving touched a bite of her food dried her eyes andwalked toward the door

It really seemed as if there were a curse hanging over this house The cost of living was high the food supply lowtaxes had become heavier and heavieryear after year the household belongings had depreciated more and more and now at last there was nothing to look forward to but poverty and misery For a long time all this had depressedthe husband who always had been a bardworking andlaw-abiding citizennow the thought of the future filledhim with despair yes many times he even threatened to end his miserable and hopeless existenceNeither the com- forting words of his goodhumored wife nor the worldly or spiritual counsel of his friends had helped him these had only made him more silent and sorrowful It is easy to un derstand that his poor wife finally should lose her couragetooHoweverthere was quite another reason for her sad ness which we soon shall hear

When the husband saw that his wife also grieved and wanted to leave the roomhe stopped her and said"I won't let you go until you have told me what is wrong with you"

After a moment of silence she sighed and said "Oh my dear husbandI dreamed last night that God was deadand that all the angels followed Him to His grave"

"How can you believe or think such foolish stuff"answered the husband"You knowof coursethat Godcan never die"

The good wife's face sparkled with happinessandas she affectionately squeezed both her husband's handsshe exclaimed"Then our dear God is still alive"

"Why of course" said the husband" How couldyou ever doubt it"

Then she embraced him and looked at him with loving eyesex pressing confidence peace and happiness as she said" But my dear husband if God is still alive why do we not believe and trust in Him He has counted every hair on our headsnot a single one is lost without His knowledge

He clothes the lilies in the fieldHe feeds the sparrows and the ravens"

It was as if a veil lifted from his eyes and as if a heavy load fell from his heart when she spoke these words He smiled for the first time in a longwhile and thanked his dear pious wife for the trick shehad played on himthrough which she had revied his belief in God and restored his trust And in the room thesun shone even more friendly on the happy people's faces a gentle breeze caressed their smiling cheeks andthe birds sang even louder their heartfelt thanks to God

 


 

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