“How wonderful it would be were the sun to shine forever！” said a group of children one dark and rainy day. Their desire was soon realized， because， when the sun came out again it shone for several months and never once was there a sign of the smallest cloud. The drought caused much damage to the fields and the crops. In the gardens the flowers and the grass dried up， and there remained but dry twigs.
“Now you see，” said their mother， “the rain is as necessary as the sun. Learn from this wise ruling of the Lord that even for us， who are human creatures， it would not be a gift if we always had happy and joyful days. To be able to grow up into mature persons every so often you must learn to support even the days of sadness， of suffering and misfortune.”