September 2023 Monthly Message

How are things with your soul today? As we come to the end of summer, an article about ice cream seemed appropriate.

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Last week, I took my children to a restaurant. My 6‐year‐old son had 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,” said the man. Then, in a ‘stage whisper’ the man 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 our 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.”


Exhale. How are things with your soul today? I’m always in the mood for a little ice cream or coffee if you’d like to join me Mondays in September 1:00pm at Cold Stone Creamery 60 Crescent Dr, Pleasant Hill, CA

~ Pastor Kim