The Umbrella: A Story of Faith


"There was once a severe drought in a remote village which took a toll on its villagers. If it did not rain soon they would not be able to grow their crops, and would soon perish. The people decided to get together with their families and pray together for rain.

The next day was bright, hot, and sunny. One of the mothers that had prayed the previous night with her family and fellow villagers was busy taking care of things around the home. She asked her young daughter to help take care of some chores outside. Before heading out the door, the little girl quickly grabbed an umbrella and began to walk outside. Her mother was surprised.

"Why in the world are you taking an umbrella with you?" Her mother asked. "It has not rained for months and today is one of the driest of them all."

"Don't you remember, mother?" The little girl asked. "We prayed for rain last night."

And with that the little girl skipped outside, clutching her umbrella tightly. Surely this little girl had the strongest faith of all."

-Story adapted by Arielle Namenyi. Original author unknown.

"And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven." -Matthew 18:3

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