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  • The New Amen

    July 11, 2007

    Three-year-old ears hear everything. Every. Thing. They are omnipotent little creatures.

    No matter how preoccupied you may think they are with your contrived distractions, they are listening and taking in every word, mentally crouching like a hungry tiger, waiting to pounce at just the right opportunity to gobble up your tender juicy pride.

    Sunday morning at church, Sean was busy racing his Lightning McQueen matchbox car up and down my arm and gobbling up Goldfish by the fistful —  seemingly oblivious to the inspired and impassioned sermon about hell, fire and brimstone.

    Just as the preacher paused for dramatic effect, Sean comments rather loudly, “Well THAT doesn’t sound good!”

    And indeed it did not.


    1. Big Mama says:

      Now that cracked me up.

      July 11th, 2007 at 9:23 am

    2. Kara says:

      LOL! that is funny, I bet a few other people got a good chuckle too.

      July 11th, 2007 at 9:29 am

    3. Kimberly says:

      LOL very funny! I don’t think that ever stops with age either. This past Sunday at Church my almost 11 year old was listening intently and when the pastor decided to show an illustration on the overhead for a quick witnessing tool by sound loudly proclaims “oh yes, oh yes, oh yes! I remember that thing!”
      At least he was interested I guess.

      July 11th, 2007 at 9:49 am

    4. Kimberly says:

      I meant ” my son loudly proclaims” LOL

      July 11th, 2007 at 9:50 am

    5. bee says:

      No stinkin’ way!

      July 11th, 2007 at 9:57 am

    6. Jill says:

      That’s too funny… what a precocious little one you have!!

      July 11th, 2007 at 10:26 am

    7. wordgirl says:

      And how many people in the congregation were thinking the very same thing that Sean said? Probably quite a few.

      July 11th, 2007 at 10:28 am

    8. Lexi says:

      I can only imagine this….I’m still laughing.

      July 11th, 2007 at 10:31 am

    9. BooMom says:

      ROTFLMAO !!

      July 11th, 2007 at 10:44 am

    10. mcewen says:

      Golly – I thought that fire and brimstone disappeared in the dark ages [that would be when I was a child] Are they still preaching such stuff!

      July 11th, 2007 at 10:50 am

    11. Melissa says:

      So funny (and cute)!

      Our pastor would have then improvised the rest of the sermon and started a dialogue with him on the subject.

      July 11th, 2007 at 10:57 am

    12. Rocks In My Dryer says:


      July 11th, 2007 at 11:29 am

    13. Beck says:

      Best. Timing. EVER.

      July 11th, 2007 at 11:38 am

    14. Susan says:

      I would’ve collapsed and needed reviving!!!!

      July 11th, 2007 at 11:54 am

    15. Tam says:

      Too funny! Can’t get much cuter than that.

      July 11th, 2007 at 1:49 pm

    16. kelli says:

      Can’t IMAGINE where he gets it.

      I just can’t.

      July 11th, 2007 at 2:11 pm

    17. Megan says:

      They always save the really good stuff for church, don’t they?

      July 11th, 2007 at 2:29 pm

    18. Sincerely Anna says:

      Too funny! Yep, that’s another way to say amen!

      July 11th, 2007 at 2:45 pm

    19. Theresa says:

      THAT was hilarious!!! My pastor would not have even skipped a beat, but after service he would have hunted me down to see what had me laughing so hard.

      July 11th, 2007 at 2:47 pm

    20. staci at laughing mommy says:

      So cute!

      July 11th, 2007 at 3:31 pm

    21. TaunaLen says:

      I love this! Nothing like a comment from a very literal young person to keep a pastor on his toes!


      July 11th, 2007 at 3:43 pm

    22. Lady Tram says:

      That was the funniest thing I have heard in a while! Love your blog!

      July 11th, 2007 at 4:15 pm

    23. Randi Harris says:

      Funny! Kids are amazing, and their timing never fails!

      July 11th, 2007 at 5:30 pm

    24. Jenny says:

      That is so funny! I’m always amazed at what my kids can repeat when I’m sure they aren’t listening.

      July 11th, 2007 at 5:52 pm

    25. Misslionheart says:

      Don’t they just say the funniest things? lol

      Good on ya Sean!

      July 11th, 2007 at 6:22 pm

    26. fstop steve says:

      That kid cracks me up! Buy him some bubble gum for me. I’ll owe you the money.

      July 11th, 2007 at 9:45 pm

    27. Tina says:

      That is hilarious. What a cutie!

      July 11th, 2007 at 9:46 pm

    28. Joy, of course! says:

      That’s great! Very funny. I am sure he got quite a few chuckles and the pastor was probably just thrilled he was able to capture such a young audience.

      July 11th, 2007 at 11:29 pm

    29. AngelMom says:

      My 3 yr old not only hears everything but sees everything. My husbands parents were at our house visiting for the 4th of July through Sunday. Grandma had given gum to the children. My 6 year old came back a little bit later and whispered to her that she had accidentally swallowed hers. Grandma whispered back here is another one be careful this time. McKenna turned around with her back facing Grandma and put her hand behind her back and tried not to let Jessica know what she was doing. Jessica being three and seeing everything did the same, she knew exactly what was going on!

      July 11th, 2007 at 11:56 pm

    30. Mama Pajama says:

      So funny! It reminded me of a time when my 3 year old brother started belting out a song in church like an opera singer-it wasn’t half bad actually. (The lady in front of us was doing it – so he just thought it was appropriate) We couldn’t help but crack up. He didn’t even think anything of it!

      July 12th, 2007 at 2:54 pm

    31. zoom says:

      Oh my word! This brought back memories of going to my grandparents’ church in a tiny Texas town. A real crowd pleaser at their church was” the road to Hollis is the road to Hell”. The little town was on the Oklahoma/ Texas border and you could buy liquor in Hollis, Oklahoma. The preacher would really get worked up about the ills of drinking . As a child, all I could envision were flames shooting up from the highway on that evil stretch of road.

      A couple of weeks later he would bring the same sermon back with a new title. “40 miles to danger”. The distance between the two towns. This sermon brought so many at the come to Jesus time that it was recycled again and again.

      July 12th, 2007 at 2:57 pm

    32. Tracey/Real Estate Girl says:

      that is too funny! You should send that in to Reader’s Digest!

      July 12th, 2007 at 9:26 pm

    33. marian says:

      “… to gobble up your sweet, juicy pride.” Oh, that sentence was perfect!

      July 18th, 2007 at 1:03 am

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