A woman named Jill stood up at her church’s Testimony Meeting & took the microphone from one of the church ushers & bared her soul to the suddenly attentive congregation:
“I want to tell you about the awful accident that my husband Jim suffered this past month. He was riding his Harley Davidson, lost control, ran off the highway & hit a tree.
He was rushed to the hospital & could’ve died but thank the Lord all he suffered was a broken scrotum.”
The congregation gasped in horror.The men in the congregation were obviously uneasy & writhed in their seats.
“Jim’s been in terrible pain all month since the accident. He has trouble breathing & swallowing his food.
He can hardly lift anything he’s in so much pain & he has missed work because of it. He can’t lift our children up to hold them & give them the personal love that they need.
Worst of all, we can no longer cuddle and have intimate relations.
He’s in constant pain, a pain so terrible that our love life has all but slipped away into oblivion.
I’d like to ask you all in the congregation to pray for Jim & pray for us so his broken scrotum will soon heal & be as good as new.”
A dull murmur erupted within the congregation as the full impact of this terrible accident sunk in & the men in the congregation were visibly shaken up with the thought that, “there but for the grace of God go I.”
Then as the murmuring settled down a lone figure stood up in midst of the congregation, worked his way up to the pulpit, obviously in pain, adjusted the microphone to his liking, then leaned over & said to the congregation:
“My name’s Jim & I have only one word for my wife, Jill. That word is: STERNUM” !