FW: The Back Pew

The asterisks are in the original. I’m not sure how they got there or if they were in fact worth keeping, but I do try to disturb these forwards as little as possible.

> A pastor’s wife was expecting a baby, so he stood before the congregation and asked for a raise. After much discussion, they passed a rule that whenever the pastor’s family expanded; so would his paycheck.****
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> After 6 children, this started to get expensive and the congregation decided to hold another meeting to discuss the pastor’s expanding salary. A great deal of yelling and inner bickering ensued, as to how much the pastor’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, “Children are a gift from God, and we will take as many gifts as He gives us.” Silence fell over the congregation.****
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> In the back pew, a little old lady struggled to stand, and finally said in her frail voice,****
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> “\*Rain is also a gift from God, but when we get too much of it, we wear rubbers\*.”****
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> The entire congregation said, “*Amen.”
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> *Gotta love those senior citizens!

Four asterisks mark the end of each of the paragraphs except for the last two. The punchline, the back pew of the joke’s title, is marked off with asterisks. The congregation’s agreement has an asterisk in front of it. And then there is an asterisked last line, as if a footnote.

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