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A preacher's wife was expecting a baby, so he went before the Church Board and asked for a raise. After some discussion, they passed a rule that whenever the preacher's family expanded, so would his paycheck. After 6 children, this got very expensive, and the congregation decided to discuss the preacher's increasing salary. There was much bickering about how much the clergyman's additional children were costing the church.

Finally, the preacher spoke to the congregation and said, "Children are a gift from God." Silence fell on the congregation. In the back pew, a little old lady stood up and in a frail voice said, "Rain is also a gift from God, but when we get too much of it, we wear rubbers." The rest of the congregation said, "Amen."