Saturday, February 24, 2007


I read the following and was smitten by it so much that I wanted to put it on my blog as a post. I do so with permission from Charles Roberts who hosts the blog uniquely called "The Blog Itch." It's a play on "scratching where people itch" in discussing things and he does it well, scratching where I itch at least.

The incident was relayed to him from the father, who is a missionary with Wycliffe Bible Translators, of the boy who did as you're about to read. It is just some good stuff that I want to pass along. Thanks Charles for permission to do so. Enjoy.


"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 agree. Ice cream IS good for the soul. Excuse me while I go feed my soul.

Paul Burleson


Anonymous said...

Out of the mouths of babes.

Alyce Faulkner said...

That's GREAT! I love to listen to children pray.
We can learn a lot!
Thanks Paul (and Charles)

Paul Burleson said...


Thanks for visiting and congratulations, again, for three years of blogging.


That boy learned something about ice-cream I've been saying for years. By the way, I maintain a healthy soul that's for sure. :)

Anonymous said...

Hmmm, ice cream theology, unlike candy bar politics, seems to be a good thing. :) Does this also raise the issue of whether we should spend all our time arguing over theology versus following Jesus? Am I appling and oranging, both with the question and with the connection or is there a good segue here?

Anonymous said...

Good story. Thanks for posting it. My mom loved ice cream too. Now I know why. :)

Rob Hunt said...

I'm up and going. I set my first blog up yesterday. Thanks for your leadership in people's lives.