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IT HAPPENED about 50 years ago. The little boy (he was, say, 3, maybe 4?) kept staring at my buddy John, who happened to be African American.

The young boy tugged on John's shirt sleeve. He asked "'d you get so black?" he inquired. John, without missing a beat, looked at the little boy and said: "Well, young man, I drink lots of chocolate milk".

The little boy was astonished - his eyes opened wide and he gasped. "So...If I drink lots of chocolate milk, I could be like you?!?". John and I could barely suppress our giggles. John said "well, you go ask your Mom, young man..."

The little boy turned and excitedly ran off. "MOM...MOM...!!!!"

Rev. Dr. N. Patrick Marica contributes incisive Christian commentary on this blog on a regular basis. He is the Vice-Chancellor of Amherst Theological Seminary, and he has a D. Min. from Amherst Theological Seminary. He has his MA from Liberty University in Marriage and Family Therapy. He is the author of the book: "The Walk Applied". He has also written "The Fasting and Prayer Handbook". He has been married to Kathy since 1985. They have 2 adult daughters and an adult son.

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