This past weekend I had the opportunity to speak at a get-together of my parents’ Sunday School class. We met at the Williamsburg Lodge for lots of food. Buffet style fixins’.
My Dad introduced me and then half-scared them by saying that he had asked me to keep it shorter than an hour and a half. So, I eased concerns by telling them about speaking advice that I learned long ago. A good speech includes an attention-grabbing beginning and a stirring conclusion. But most importantly, the beginning and ending should be close together!
As part of my talk, I mentioned the importance of prayer. I didn’t get to work the following story into my talk, but it does remind, that maybe we don’t always want our prayers answered the way we want them answered!
An Old preacher decided that he needed a break from it all and thought that he would be better served by skipping Sunday services and instead spend the day hiking in the wilderness. When he rounded a sharp bend in the trail, he collided with a huge bear and he went tumbling down a steep hill. He landed on a rock and broke both legs.
The ferocious bear looked down and began charging at him down the steep grade. In fear, the preacher began to pray, “O Lord, I’m so sorry for skipping services today. Please forgive me and grant me just one wish—make a Christian out of that bear that’s coming at me!”
At that very instant, the bear skidded to a halt, fell to his knees, clasped his paws together, and began to pray aloud at the preacher’s feet: “Dear God, please bless this food that I am about to receive.”
And for our Monday/Halloween pic o’ day: