Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
February 28, 2013

There was an atheist couple who had a child. The couple never told their daughter anything about the Lord.

One night when the little girl was 5 years old, the parents fought with each other and the dad shot the mom, right in front of the child. Then, the dad shot himself. The little girl watched it all. She was sent to a foster home. The foster mother was a Christian and took the child to church.

On the first day of Sunday School, the foster mother told the teacher that the girl had never heard of Jesus, and to have patience with her. The teacher held up a picture of Jesus and said, “Does anyone know who this is?” The little girl said, “I do; that’s the man who was holding me the night my parents died.”

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  1. Emily said:

    Stories like this make me cringe. The transition from “atheist couple had a child” (as in “how dare they bring up their child without religion”, because that’s clearly the most important thing (not love, kindness, respect etc.)) to “atheist parents were arguing and then they whipped out a gun and started shooting in front of their 5-year-old child” is unbelievably prejudiced towards those who grow up without religion.
    There are just as many religious families who suffer from domestic abuse, alcohol abuse etc. than those which lack religion. No group should be painted as irrational murderers because of their religion.
    I wouldn’t have had a problem with it if the religious preference of the parents hadn’t been mentioned. As it is, this is unfair.


    • Anonymous said:

      Have to agree with you Emily-it often takes religious people to be evil


      • Emily said:

        That’s definitely not what I’m saying here, in no way do I want to portray religion as “evil”. Religion works for a lot of people and helps them lead fulfilling lives, and like many other things can also lead to destruction. Everything has two sides, I just find this story to be very abrasive towards non-Christians.


        • They have had a long time and a lot of practice to get good at it!


  2. I love that song. Some years ago it made me cry and can still bring tears to my eyes.


  3. Statistically speaking the religious couple is more likely to have the guns in the house than the atheist couple. Just saying.


  4. It’s a sweet story. But it’s only that. It isn’t based on true events, still a pretty song to listen to. By a very good artist!

    John Micheal Montgomery-
    Her parents never took the young girl to church
    Never spoke of His Name
    Never read her His Word
    Two non-believers walkin’ lost in this world
    Took their baby with them, what a sad little girl

    Her Daddy drank all day and Mommy did drugs
    Never wanted to play, or give kisses and hugs
    She’d watch the TV, and sit there on the couch
    While her Mom fell asleep, and her Daddy went out
    And the drinking and the fighting just got worse every night
    Behind their couch she’d be hiding, oh what a sad little life

    And like it always does, the bad just got worse
    With every slap and every curse
    Until her Daddy, in a drunken rage one night
    Used a gun on her Mom, and then took his life
    And some people from the city took the girl far away
    To a new Mom and a new Dad
    Kisses and hugs everyday

    Her first day of Sunday school, the teacher walked in
    And a small little girl stared at a picture of Him
    She said, I know that man there on that cross
    I don’t know His name, but I know He got off
    Cause He was there in my old house
    And held me close to His side
    As I hid there behind our couch
    The night that my parents died


  5. #Maesha said:

    I wonder who was holding the children of the Philistines while King David’s armies ‘subdued’ them. And while King David conquered the Moabites and lined up their army and counted the line in half, one half to be put to death and one to be let live, who was holding the Moabite’s children? And when the fine God-endorsed King David slaughtered twenty-thousand Syrians from Damascus coming to the aid of Hadadezer, who was holding the Syrian children? Who was holding the children of the men David made his slaves and servants? David is not the only example of this, but he’s as close as it gets to a parent shooting another parent by way of evil deeds. So obviously I’m biased as to how I feel about the stories I’ve read in the actual bible. But songs, and paraphrasing of Christian dogma often amplify some of the sad irony of organised religion.


  6. Interesting how people read things with a different perspective. I read it as simply divine love reaching out to the innocent. The background of the parents was just setting the context of the girl’s innocence; she hadn’t been brainwashed with a load of religious claptrap.

    Then I started reading the comments! If this had been a film rather than a story, would people judge it by the wallpaper or the furniture in the filmset?

    Mind, the song sounds American, and I’m not; maybe that makes a difference?


  7. Selah said:

    read this story and I almost cried… read all the comments and arguments and i’m thinking is this about philosophy? prejudice or what have you? its funny the importance we placed on the workings of the mind and the physical abilities. religion or non-religion… you can choose any other terms you like, they are all just terms! If all these terms and the world itself is so important, why do people die and when they die, where do they go?! Trust me there is a better place and the only way to get there is through Christ who is the way, the truth and “Life!” and the story above just shows how much he loves you… even if you think you are a foreigner to him!!!


  8. Anonymous said:

    Outstanding- He’s our strong tower


  9. Interesting post… even more interesting comments. Kudos to the author for letting all be visible to the audience!


  10. An allegorical story which many of you take as literal fact without any investigation.

    Sounds familiar…


  11. The moral of your story also seems to be that atheists are morally bankrupt and violent people who will murder each other in front of children.

    Do you really want me to start listing off all the whackjobs who have maimed or killed children in the name of God? How about all the ministers and priests who molest little kids?

    Get off your high horse.


    • April K said:

      I didn’t realize this was somehow a characterization of all atheists. Where is that implied?


      • It is not implied anywhere, Kenny My focus was on the child the entire reading time, about a minutes I’d guess. My reaction was an audible gasp, then a sigh. Jesus is with us everywhere, all the time, always watching out for us. It brought tears to my eyes.


  12. The innocence can be lost or taken away. A father not only took the life of the mother and then his own, he stole so much from a child…his child…he stole everything. No matter atheist, Christian, other, I see innocence lost every day, stolen. Truth or fiction…it is a tale all too common even close to home.

    The heart…that is what matters…love, no matter what 🙂 . I cried. I know the feeling where Jesus holds my hand in the worst of times shielding me from complete obliteration and I watch as He shields my children keeping them safe. Peace..and love…that is what I see in this story and hope for a better life. Thanks, Kenny! 😀


  13. VictoriaJoDean said:

    Religious training or no religious training, Bible believer or atheist – regardless of who the sad, tragic parents were that ended up killing themselves – the point of the story (which I always thought was allegorical and not a true story) is that Jesus was there for the little girl even when she had never been told about Him. That’s who God is. He’s the God who gives men and women the freedom to make their own choices, doesn’t stop the consequences of their actions yet at the same time is there to comfort the innocent victim. Thank you for posting this. Thanks also for stopping by my blog so that I could find yours!


  14. You did it again. Out in public. No Kleenex. Fighting back tears! Great post, Kenny. God bless. Connie


    • LOL!!!! Be careful about where you decide to read the Morning Story and Dilbert……. Take Care and God Bless 🙂 Kenny T


  15. This is clearly an allegory rather than a true story. In fact, no one without prior knowledge of Christianity has ever spontaneously recognised Christ. (Equally true for any other religion, obviously.) Which tells you a lot in itself.

    So it’s a story attempting to say something about how Jesus helps people. But what’s most important about it is that Jesus/God, while apparently able to manifest Himself to the little girl, does nothing – in his infinite power, love and wisdom – to stop the slaughter in the first place.

    This is an excellent ‘parable’ for the way religion ascribes credit to God for ‘miracles’, but never blame for disasters. The one child saved against all odds from a bus crash is a ‘miracle’ – for which we are invited to thank and praise God. But the 50 others who died in terror and agony are simply victims of a terrible accident. Anyone asking where God was for them is referred to ‘tests of faith’, ‘mysterious ways’ or other evasions.

    As a humanist, I don’t believe he’s there at all. But if you do, this story shouldn’t be a comforting one. It asks the urgent question: where was Jesus when the man pulled the gun? Maybe God loves everyone – except atheists.


    • Hey Mike, I totally respect your comments and appreciate you visiting the Morning Story and Dilbert!!!! Plus, I pray that you make it thru your knee trauma and reach your goal by Easter!!! Take Care my Friend and God Bless 🙂 Kenny T

      PS: The Down hill run is easier on the last half!!! LOL


    • I have to agree with Mr Reedwords here. Like so many reported “miracles”, further thought leads you to wonder just what was so miraculous. A child survives a multiple car pile-up that kills everyone else – that’s a pretty shoddy miracle. It’s left a child without a family and caused a lot of misery and suffering. A better miracle would be to prevent the crash, but then it would never be noticed. If this sort of thing really *is* a miracle, it implies a God that craves attention rather than one that loves us, and that’s why tales like this creep me out more than anything else.


    • Anonymous said:

      You may as well not stop there in your effort to deflect credit from God for any good that happens. Why not say that if the God of the Bible is true why did He not prevent the Fall of man in the first place so that we could all have remained perfect and immortal. There are very deep and persuasive answers to all these questions but none of them will be understood without some degree of readiness and willingness to drop the self-centred or man-centred perspective and look at things from the mind of God. For instance, God may have known things we could not know such as that if the man had not shot the mother and himself that night much worse things would have befallen all three of them. It will take eternity to understand just how much mercy each of us experienced in our lives without even being aware of it.


  16. Anonymous said:

    Great post. Thanks for liking my blog!


  17. Thank you fur sharing that story. It made the human cry (and it gives me a good to snuggle up on her lap and purr)!



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