In Case of Rain

The fields were parched and brown from lack of rain,
and the crops lay wilting from thirst. People were anxious
and irritable as they searched the sky for any sign of relief.
Days turned into arid weeks. No rain came.

The ministers of the local churches called for an hour of prayer
on the town square the following Saturday. They requested
that everyone bring on object of faith for inspiration.

At high noon on the appointed Saturday the townspeople
turned out en masse, filling the square with anxious faces
and hopeful hearts. The ministers were touched to see the
variety of objects clutched in prayerful hands ...
holy books, crosses, rosaries.

When the hour ended, as if on magical command,
a soft rain began to fall. Cheers swept the crowd as they
held their treasured objects high in gratitude and praise.
From the middle of the crowd one faith symbol seemed
to overshadow all the others.

A small nine-year old child had brought an umbrella.


- Author Unknown

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