We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

The Ice Cream Prayer

Have you ever heard the story of the “Ice Cream Prayer?”
A young mother took her children to a family restaurant and when the 6-year-old asked to say grace, she bowed her head. What followed was very unexpected: “God is great, God is good. Let us thank Him for our food. I would thank you even more, God, if mom let us have ice cream for dessert! Amen!”

Other patrons couldn’t help but laugh–except for one frowning woman who remarked: “That’s what’s wrong with this country! Kids don’t even know how to pray–asking God for ice cream! Why, I never!”

The 6-year-old burst into tears, asking “Did I do it wrong? Is God mad at me?” As the young mother held him and assured him that God wasn’t mad, an elderly gentleman approached their table. Winking at the boy, he said, “I happen to know that God thought that prayer was great.” Tilting his head in the direction of the woman, he continued. “Too bad she never asks for ice cream–a little ice cream is good for the soul.”

After the meal, this mom purchased dessert for her children. Her son stared at his sundae for a moment, and then did something extraordinary. He carried it over to the woman’s table and placed it in front of her.

With a big smile, he said, “This is for you. Ice cream is good for the soul, and my soul is good already.”

Published in: on September 23, 2010 at 3:01 am  Comments (1)  

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  1. I wanted to see if there was a prayer on the internet appropriate for my United Methodist Women’s Ice Cream Social.
    This story and prayer made me laugh, so I plan to share the story & use the prayer at our social.

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