> > There was a preacher whose wife was expecting a baby. The preacher went to > > the congregation and asked for a raise. > > After much consideration and discussion, they passed a rule that whenever > > the preacher's family expanded, so would his paycheck. > > > > After six 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 were costing the church. > > > > Finally, the preacher got up and spoke to the crowd. "Having children is > > an act of God!" Silence fell upon the congregation. No one dared to > > challenge the thought. > > > > In the back of the room a little old lady stood up and in her frail voice > > said: "Snow and rain are also acts of God, but when we get too much, we > > wear rubbers!"