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Monday Morning Medicine

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“A cheerful heart is good medicine.” Proverbs 17:22a

How many of you are football fans? Well, even if you aren’t a fan of football, you will still enjoy this story that I heard from John Ortberg. “John Kasis is one of the nations finest speakers. He was one of the inspirational leaders of the Chicago Bears during their glory years, and he often gave short talks to players on game day. Listen to how John tells this story – and remember, this was during the glory days of the Bears.”

Mike Ditka was about to deliver a locker room pep talk one day. He looked up and saw defensive tackle William “Refrigerator” Perry. How could he not see him? At 338 pounds the Fridge stood out even in a crowd of pro football players. Ditka gestured to the Fridge. ’When I get finished,’ he said, ’I’d like you to close with the Lord’s Prayer.’ Then the coach began his talk.

“Meanwhile, Jim McMahon, the brash and outspoken quarterback, punched John Cassis. ’Look at Perry,’ McMahon whispered, ’he doesn’t know the Lord’s Prayer.’ Sure enough, Perry sat with a look of panic on his face, his head in his hands. He was sweating profusely. ’Everybody knows the Lord’s Prayer,’ said Cassis to McMahon in disbelief.

“After a few minutes of watching the Refrigerator leaking several gallons of sweat, McMahon nudged Cassis again. ’I’ll bet you 50 bucks Fridge doesn’t know the Lord’s Prayer.’ As Cassis tells the story, he stops to reflect on the absurdity of it all: ’Here we were sitting in chapel and betting 50 bucks on the Lord’s Prayer.’

“When Coach Ditka finished his pep talk, he asked all the men to remove their caps. Then he nodded at Perry and bowed his head. It was quiet for a few moments before the Fridge spoke in a shaky voice, ’Now I lay me down to sleep. I pray the Lord, my soul to keep…’ Cassis felt the tap on his shoulder. It was Jim McMahon. ’Here’s the 50 dollars,’ he whispered. ’I had no idea Perry knew the Lord’s Prayer.’”

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