Thank God for Children Saying
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 wom!
an remark, "That's what's wrong with this country. Kids today don't
even know how to pray. Asking God for ice cream! Why,
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," the man replied. 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."