Monday 26 September 2011

Saying grace in a restaurant

I received this in an email from my niece and thought it worth publishing. If you’ve seen it before I hope you’ll enjoy it againJ Whether or not it’s true I have no idea!

Last week, I took my grandchildren to a restaurant. 

My six-year-old grandson 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 Nana 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 grandson 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 grandson and said, "I happen to know that God thought that was a great prayer." 

"Really?" my grand-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 grandchildren ice cream at the end of the meal. My grand-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."


  1. I've seen this before. Heartwarming, for sure. Thanks for the reminder.

  2. Wonderful story (true or not) showing that God works in mysterious ways!

  3. That is a beautiful story of a little boy's heart. God values every prayer we say, especially those from children. It is terrible for the Christian faith that there are so many judgmental, sour Christians. All they do is drive people away from God.

  4. I had not seen this one before. So sweet. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Hi Janice .. I too have seen this before .. but it is just a wonderful read .. thanks for giving us the chance to read it again! Cheers .. Hilary

  6. Sweet story! It would be nice if it were true.

  7. OMG! That was an awesome reminder!! Love your grandson already :)

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  9. He he he! Loved this story!
    Thanks for sharing ;o)

    Have a nice and happy week* hugs ***

  10. that is lovely, I have never seen it before,
    Gill in Canada

  11. Absolutely delightful, Janice.

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

  12. Aw, that is the sweetest story.
    This is one I have never seen before, thanks for sharing.


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