The Meal and Cruse of Oil
John Newton, 1779, from Olney Hymns, vol. 1, hymn 36
|By the poor widow's oil and meal|
Elijah was sustained;
Though small the stock it lasted well,
For God the store maintained.
2. It seemed as if from day to day,
3. Thus to his poor he still will give
|4. No barn or storehouse they possess|
On which they can depend;
Yet have no cause to fear distress,
For Jesus is their friend.
5. Then let not doubts your mind assail,
6. And thus though faint it often seems,
|7. Though in ourselves we have no stock,|
The Lord is nigh to save;
His door flies open when we knock,
And 'tis but ask and have.