Pray don't find fault with the man who limps
or stumbles along the road,
unless you have worn the shoes he wears
or struggled beneath his load.
There may be tacks in his shoes that hurt,
though hidden away from view,
or the burden he bears, placed on your back
might cause you to stumble too.
Don't sneer at the man who's down today
unless you have felt the blow
that caused his fall or felt the shame
that only the fallen know.
You may be strong, but still the blows
that were his if dealt to you,
in the selfsame way, at the selfsame time,
might cause you to stagger too.
Don't be too harsh with the man who sins
or pelt him with word or stone,
unless you are sure, yea, doubly sure,
that you have no sins of your own -
for you know perhaps if the tempter's voice
should whisper as softly to you
as it did to him when he went astray,
it might cause you to stumble too.
This was an accident, not a practical joke, but funny nonetheless.
My sister works as a medical assistant in a surgeon’s office.
Occasionally she calls patients to go over pre-surgery instructions.
One patient she called recently was an elderly woman.
My sister went over all the instructions with her and at the conclusion
of the call wanted to remind the patient to arrive early so the nurses would have time to prep her.
As my sister spoke, she was thinking 'prepare' and 'prep' at the same time.
She accidentally said to the patient, "Ma'am please arrives one hour early for PRAYER.
" Before my sister had a chance to correct herself, the elderly patient had a shaky reply, "Ooh..my."
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