Behold, I Come Quickly
The new preacher had just begun
his sermon. He was a little nervous, and about ten
minutes into the sermon his mind went blank. After a
brief second of complete panic, he remembered what
they had taught him in seminary about situations
like this: repeat the last point. His teacher
assured him this would help him remember what was
supposed to come next. So he gave it a try.
"Behold, I come quickly," he said. Still his mind was blank. He tried again. "Behold, I come quickly." Still nothing. He tried one more time -- speaking and gesturing with such force that he fell forward, knocking the pulpit to one side, tripping over the flower pot, and falling into the lap of a little old lady in the front row.
The young preacher apologized profusely.
"Thatís all right, young man," said the little old lady. "It was my fault. I should have gotten out of the way.
You told me three times you were coming!"