Ice Cream: It’s Good for the Soul!

TheCulinaryGeek from Chicago, USA via Wikimedia Commons

Photo Credit: By TheCulinaryGeek from Chicago, USA via Wikimedia Commons

A little while ago, a mom took her children to a restaurant. Her six-year-old son asked if he could say grace. As they bowed their 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, a woman remarked, “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, the boy burst into tears and asked, “Did I do it wrong? Is God mad at me?” As his mom 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 the little boy and said, “I happen to know that God thought that was a great prayer.” “Really?” the boy asked. “Cross my heart.”

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, the mother bought her kids ice cream at the end of the meal. Her little boy stared at his for a moment and then did something will forever be remembered…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.

  6 comments for “Ice Cream: It’s Good for the Soul!

  1. August 29, 2013 at 3:24 am

    I love this!!! Ice cream is very good for the soul sometimes, and I believe He rejoices in answering those prayers, too. He cares about every tiny detail of our lives. Thanks!! {{{runs to freezer to get some ice cream–I have a sudden craving}}}


  2. August 29, 2013 at 3:34 am

    oh thank you for saying ice cream is good for the soul! Takes all the guilt away since I just finished a small cup of chocolate chip ice cream!


  3. August 29, 2013 at 4:31 am

    what a beautiful story – and I think that is what is wrong with society today: That some adults ask everyone (else) – including kids – to behave like a puritanic, self-denying saint, because they think you have to suffer to be good.

    You don’t have to. Sometimes, maybe. But sometimes you can just indulge and still be a good person. Sometimes you need to be good to yourself to be able to be good to others, too.


  4. October 23, 2013 at 5:20 am

    Awe… that’s the cutest story I’ve read in a long time! Thanks Coach ❤


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