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Friday, March 16, 2007

Having some ice cream

Sometimes it's easy to get so caught up in our own world that we just plain old forget to take a look around us and slow down. As you notice lately, I have become so busy with so many things going on that I haven't been blogging much. People have asked me why, but to be honest with you, I don't have a real good reason other than the fact that I have poor time management skills.

My friend, Pastor Al Warren, sent me an email today that reminded me the importance of sitting down and taking the time to be with God's people. It reminded me that the act of kindness can rekindle even the coldest of hearts. Please take the time to read the email below that he sent me and se how it touches your heart today.

Saying Grace In A Restaurant

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.”

Albert L. Warren


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