One very cold winter day, two village children made their way towards the mill and both of them carried on their back a sack of wheat. When they passed by the miller's garden they noticed some gardener birds who were seeking in vain to find something to eat. But on the cold, frozen ground there was only snow. Little Betty felt so sorry for the poor little birds and opened her sack and threw a handful of seed to the birds.
Her brother Bob was angry with her and said: "Oh, look at the little compassionate heroine! In a little while you shall see the result of your hasty action. At the miller's you will receive less flour and we shall be punished when we get home."
Betty was afraid and said: "True, perhaps I should not have been so hasty; however, our good parents will not blame me and God will reward me in some other way."
When the two children reached the miller to receive the flour they found that in Betty's sack there was as much flour as in Bob's sack. Her brother was amazed and believed that it was a miracle. But the good miller who had overheard their conversation in the garden, said to them: "Your kindness towards the birds pleased me very much and I wanted to reward you with an extra measure of flour. Even if I placed the extra flour in the bag, you still must think it as a blessing received from God."
He prayeth best, who loveth best
All things both great and small.