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From: John (HI) (72.130.105.154)
Subject:         The Lord's Prayer
Date: August 7, 2016 at 4:09 pm PST

John Cassis is one of our nation’s finest motivational speakers. He
told a story recently about a time when he was serving as Chaplain for
the Chicago Bears during their glory years of the 80’s. As John tells
it, 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, nudged
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 a tap on his shoulder. It was Jim McMahon. “Here’s the 50
dollars,”McMahon whispered: “I had no idea Perry knew the Lord’s
Prayer!”

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