Pastor Kyle Bitter - Trinity Sunday - Sunday, May 30, 2021
Text: Isaiah 6:1-8
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It was a quiet evening in the Italian restaurant where I worked during my college and seminary summers. The melodies of Italian opera music drifted through the air; the flavorful aromas of freshly cooked food wafted out from the kitchen. The patrons of the restaurant sat at their tables, talking quietly while the restaurant staff worked in the background. Suddenly, the peaceful atmosphere was pierced by a tremendous crash as a stack of dirty plates, a pile of silverware, and a bunch of wine glasses went crashing onto the stone floor and shattered into millions of pieces. Everyone jumped, there were a few startled gasps, and every head in the room immediately snapped around just in time to see my red-faced and blushing co-worker take a huge, exaggerated bow and then start picking up the pieces of glass that were scattered all over the floor. Stunned silence was gave way to awkward laughter and a little applause, and then people returned to their dinners and conversations. But during that brief moment of silence, there wasn’t a single person in the room who would have wanted to trade places with my co-worker. There was no hiding from his mistake – no disguising his clumsiness. I’m guessing that at one time or another, probably more than once, you’ve experienced something similar. Whether it was a random act of clumsiness in front of a lot of people, being late for class or work and having to walk in in front of everyone, or making a gaffe while giving a speech or presentation, you might try to cover it up by making a joke, but deep down you just want to disappear entirely!
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