There was a preacher who’s wife was having a baby, so he went to his congregation and asked for a raise. After much discussion, they passed a rule that whenever a preacher’s family expanded, so would his pay check.
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 would cost 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 a 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 rubbers.”
And the congregation said, “Amen.”