During a time of great scarcity of food and poverty among the people, the Government of a certain country decided to open 'Soup-kitchens' where the poor could obtain a daily provision of nutritive vegetable soup free of cost. Many availed themselves of the free supply. One day at the beginning of the soup-kitchen arrangement, two women emerged from neighbouring houses, one carrying a very large vessel and the other a small jug. The latter said to the former, 'You don't think you'll get that filled, do you?' 'Well! I am taking this in hopes of having it filled', came the reply, 'but if they don't fill it to the brim, there's no harm in taking it.' Arrived at the kitchen, the woman with the small jug had first turn, and her jug was filled to the brim. Then she waited, and, to her surprise, her neighbour's very large vessel was also filled to the brim. Each obtained according to her capacity.—`Ask and ye shall receive,' said the Lord Jesus.
(Ps. 81. 10; Eph. 3. 19-21)