A young couple had two little boys, ages 8 and 10, who wereexcessively
mischievous. The two boys were always getting into trouble, and their
parents could be assured that if any mischief occurred in their town,
their two young sons were involved.
The parents were at their wits end as to what to do about their son's
behavior. The mother had heard that a clergyman in town had been
successful in disciplining children in the past, so she asked her husband
if he thought they should send the boys to speak with the clergyman.
The husband said, "We might as well. We need to do something before I
really lose my temper!"
The clergyman agreed to speak with the boys, but asked to see them
individually. The 8 year old went to meet with him first. The clergyman
sat the boy down and asked him sternly, "Where is God?"
The boy made no response, so the clergyman repeated the question in a
sterner tone, "Where is God?"
Again, the boy made no attempt to answer. So the clergyman raised his
voice even more and shook his finger in the boy's face, "WHERE IS GOD?"
At that, the boy bolted from the room and ran directly home, slamming
himself in the closet. His older brother followed him into the closet and
said, "What happened?"
The younger brother replied, "We are in BIG trouble this time. God is
missing and they think we did it!"