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Where’s God?

Two young lads had terrorized their neighborhood with their pranks and thefts. The parents didn’t know what to do and finally with the assistance of their minister, it was decided that the clergy would intervene and attempt to straighten out the boys. The parents needless to say were ecstatic and wanted to send both boys immediately. The old minister declined and wished only the younger son. He would be more impressionable and would therefore assist in correcting the older boy. Everyone agreed and Billy, the youngest son was sent to the church that afternoon.

The lad arrived and was ushered into the church office where he was offered a very large chair in front of the desk. The minister then sat down opposite the lad. He folded his hands in front of him and stared at the boy a few seconds then said, “Where is God?”

Billy wasn’t sure what the question meant, so he just sat there quietly.

The minister leaned over his desk, locked eyes and said in a much stronger voice, “Where…is…God?”

Billy started to squirm. He had no idea why he was here and the minister kept asking the same question.

The minister then stood, again leaned over the desk and glared right at Billy, “Where is God? He asked.

The poor boy was now really getting scared and snuggled back into the full chair. The minister, meanwhile, moved from behind his desk to stand directly in front of Billy and raised one hand upward to Heaven.

“WHERE…IS…GOD?” he bellowed at the lad.

Poor Billy lost it. What could he do? Here was a man of God asking questions he didn’t understand and he was scared. So he jumped up out of the chair, ran from the office, down the church aisle, out onto the sidewalk, up the street into his house. The he raced up the stairs and into their bedroom.

“What’s wrong Billy?” his brother asked.

“Oh, Johnny,” he said. “We’re in BIG trouble this time. God’s missing and they think we took Him.”

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