Last week I took
my children to a restaurant. My six-year-old son asked if he could say grace.
As we bowed our heads he said, “God is good. God is great. Thank you for
the food, and I would even thank you more if Mom gets us ice cream for dessert.
And Liberty and justice for all! Amen!”
Along with the laughter from the other customers nearby I heard a woman remark,
“That’s what’s wrong with this country. Kids today don’t even know how
to pray. Asking God for ice cream! Why, I never!”
Hearing this, my son burst into tears and asked me, “Did I do it wrong?
Is God mad at me?”
As I held him and assured him that he had done a terrific job and God was certainly
not mad at him, an elderly gentleman approached the table.
He winked at my son and said, “I happen to know that God thought that was
a great prayer.”
“Really?” my son asked.
“Cross my heart.” Then in a theatrical whisper he added (indicating
the woman whose remark had started this whole thing), “Too bad she never
asks God for ice cream. A little ice cream is good for the soul sometimes.”
Naturally, I bought my kids ice cream at the end of the meal. My son stared
at his for a moment and then did something I will remember the rest of my life.
He picked up his sundae and without a word walked over and placed it in front
of the woman.
With a big smile he told her, “Here, this is for you. Ice cream is good
for the soul sometimes, and my soul is good already.”
– by Kim Kane, included
in the Humorama newsletter
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