Even the Pastor Needs to Make Exceptions...
A pastor's wife was expecting a baby, so he stood before his congregation and asked for a raise.
After much discussion, they passed a rule that whenever the preacher's family expanded, so would his paycheck.
After 6 children, this started to get expensive and the congregation decided to hold another meeting to discuss the preacher's expanding salary.
A great deal of yelling and inner bickering ensued, as to how much the clergyman's additional children were costing the church, and how much more it could potentially cost.
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After listening to them for about an hour, the pastor rose from his chair and spoke thus:
"Children are a gift from God, and we will take as many gifts as He gives us."
Silence fell on the congregation.
In the back pew, a little old lady struggled to stand, and finally said in her frail voice:
"Rain is also a gift from God, but when we get too much of it, we wear raincoats."
The entire congregation said: 'Amen.'