A married couple had two little boys aged eight and ten, who were excessively mischievous as they always got into trouble.
The parents could be confident that if any mischief occured in the town they live in, their two sons had to be involved in some capacity. They were at their wit's end as what to do about their sons' behaviour.
One day, they heard that a clergyman in town had been always successful in disciplining children, so they contacted him and he agreed to take his best shot. He asked to meet the boys individually, so the eight-year-old was sent to meet him first. The clergyman sat the boy down and asked sternly, "Where is God?"
The boy made no response, so the clergyman repeated the question in an even sterner tone, "Where is God?"
Again the boy made no attempt to answer, so the clergyman raised his voice even more and shook his finger in the boy's face and said, "WHERE IS GOD?"
At that, the boy bolted from the room, ran directly at home, and slammed himself in his closet. His older brother followed him and asked, "What happened?"
The boy replied, "We are in BIG trouble this time. God is missing and they think we did it!"