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Faith, divine Providence, fate

Description of this motif: Providence is Gods knowledge about and interfering with the course of events among the living. Faith in Providence is trusting that God or a guardian angel helps one through difficult situations and hard times and helps one make the right decisions.

Example 1:

Later in the afternoon the lady called both his parents up to her. She and her husband had talked about Hans – he was a fine and clever boy, with a keen appreciation of reading and a capacity for learning. Our Lord always rewards the good.

Example 2:

"Just think of what has happened to Hans!" said Ole. "Our Lord thinks also of the poor man's child! And to think that this should have happened to the Cripple! Isn't it as if Hans might have read it for us from the book of fairy tales!"

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