There was a preacher whose wife was expecting a baby so he went before
the congregation and asked for a raise. After much discussion, they
passed a rule that whenever the preacher’s family expanded, so would his
After 6 children, this started to get expensive and the congregation
decided to hold another meeting to discuss the preacher’s salary. There
was much yelling and bickering about how much the clergyman’s additional
children were costing the church.
Finally, the Preacher got up and spoke to the crowd, “Children are a
gift from God,” he said. Silence fell on the congregation.
In the back pew, a little old lady stood up and in her frail voice said,
“Rain is also a gift from God, but when we get too much of it, we wear
And the congregation said, “Amen.”