As I was passing Brother Simons Baker's house, Sister Baker saw me and invited me in. I told her I had left my children and could not stay long. She then asked me where I had gotten such nice green stuff, and when I told her and offered her some, she replied, "If I could exchange some for butter, I would be glad." She then gave me a nice piece of fresh butter, which had just come from their dairy on the Jordan, and also a large slice of cheese. If I only had bread, I thought, how good these would be! Just then my eyes rested upon a large vessel full of broken bread. Sister Baker, seeing I had noticed it, told me its history. It had been sent the day before, in a sack, to the canyon where her husband had a number of men working. On the way it had fallen from the wagon and been crushed under the wheel. She did not know what to do with it, remarking that she would offer me some of it but feared I would feel insulted, although she assured me it was perfectly clean. I accepted her offer, and after filling a large pan, she sent her daughter home with me to carry it.
The children were watching for my return, and when they saw the bread, they clapped their hands with delight. Bread, butter, cheese, radishes, lettuce and cress! What a dinner we had that day! Elijah never enjoyed the dinner the ravens brought him more than I did that meal; nor did he more fully understand that a kind providence had furnished it."
by Hannah Cornaby, from "Remarkable Stories from the Lives of Latter-day Saint Women" compiled by Leon R. Hartshorn, "What a Dinner We had that Day!", pg. 25.
Can I tell you what impresses me the most about this story?
The fact that even though she had a house full of hungry children waiting for her, and she knew she had nothing to feed them, she offered to divide those radishes with her friend. Her neighbors had no idea she had nothing to eat (or I am sure they would not have taken her food) but she consistently offered what little she had to them... even though they had more than she did.
If she hadn't offered to share those radishes, she would never have gotten the lettuce and cress, and if she hadn't offered to share the lettuce and cress she wouldn't have gotten the butter, the cheese or the bread. I can't stop thinking about how even in her extreme poverty she gave freely, with a generous heart, and because she did that... she went home with arms overflowing with food.
Hannah Cornaby understood the beautiful lesson that I feel the Lord has been trying to teach me, over and over and over again...
That the more you give, the more you receive.
It doesn't matter how much money, food, time, energy or health you have. It doesn't matter if you are (or feel) wealthy or poor, the principle is always the same:
When you have you give generously
and when you have not you give generously;
don't worry about the math
the Lord will take care of the rest.