"How blessed is he who considers the helpless..." Psalm 41:1

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Ice Cream

Last week, I took my children to a restaurant...

My seven-year-old son asked if he could say grace.

As we bowed our heads he said, 'God is great, God is good. 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 for 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.'

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Rood Chilo's Birthday

since i posted a bday shout out to Davidson in january, i think i'll do the same for Rood Chilo. He's the second lil boy i sponsor in Bercy, Haiti. if anyone is interested in sponsoring children in Haiti or Uganda where i do or will have direct contact with the kids please please let me know.

Rood Chilo turns 7 today. such a handsome lil man!!!