Thursday, September 07, 2006

A GENTLE REMINDER WHENEVER YOU EAT ICE CREAM


Thank God for Children Saying Grace...
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," 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."
(I thank my friend, Cat Lambe for sending this to me!)

4 comments:

Miranda said...

Awww...that was so sweet.

s.haua@clear.net.nz said...

sometimes the beauty on this ailing planet shines thru.

Babsbitchin said...

Miranda, I was tickled when I read that. Faith of a child is what it takes and what it's all about, right?

Babsbitchin said...

s.haur, I sure am looking for it, fervently. Sometimes I get sidetracked but most times it's the little things that speak the loudest. I just have to keep looking and listening. Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful day!