Two Arabs boarded a shuttle out of Washington for New York. One sat in the window seat, the other in the middle seat. Just before take off a fat little Israeli guy got on and tookthe aisle seat next to the Arabs. He kicked off his shoes, wiggled his toes and was settling in when the Arab in the window seat said, “I think I’ll go up and get a coke.””No problem,” said the Israeli. “I’ll get it for you.”
While he was gone, the Arab picked up the Israeli’s shoe and spat in it.When the Israeli returned with the coke, the other Arab said, “That looks good. I think I’ll have one too.” Again, the Israeli obligingly went to fetch it, and while he was gone the other Arab picked up the other shoe and spat in it.
The Israeli returned with the coke, and they all sat back and enjoyed the short flight to New York.As the plane was landing the Israeli slipped his feet into his shoes and knew immediately what had happened.”How long must this go on?” he asked. “This enmity between our peoples….. this hatred… this animosity… this spitting in shoes and peeing in cokes?”
The Meenister’s Log
I’ve used this story a couple of times in a sermon:
A 50- something year old white woman arrived at her seat on a crowded flight and immediately didn’t want the seat. The seat was next to a black man.
Disgusted, the woman immediately summoned the flight attendant and demanded a new seat. The woman said “I cannot sit here next to this black man.”
The fight attendant said “Let me see if I can find another seat.”
After checking, the flight attendant returned and stated “Ma’am, there are no more seats in economy, but I will check with the captain and see if there is something in first class.”
About 10 minutes went by and the flight attendant returned and stated “The captain has confirmed that there are no more seats in economy, but there is one in first class. It is our company policy to never move a person from economy to first class, but being that it would be some sort of scandal to force a person to sit next to an UNPLEASANT person, the captain agreed to make the switch to first class.”
Before the woman could say anything, the attendant gestured to the black man and said, “Therefore sir, if you would so kindly retrieve your personal items, we would like to move you to the comfort of first class as the captain doesn’t want you to sit next to an unpleasant person.”
Passengers in the seats nearby began to applause while some gave a standing ovation.
The Meenister’s Log
The Rev J.S, a Church of Scotland Minister was once on a plane , from Edinburgh to London, when it ran into some very severe weather which resulted in turbulence.
As it got worse, the passengers became more and more alarmed, and even the flight assistants began to look concerned.
Finally, one of them noticed that Mr J.S. had ‘Reverend’ in front of his name on the passenger list, so she approached him, and said, ‘Sir, this is really frightening. Do you suppose you could, I don’t know………do something religious?’
‘So I took up a collection,’ retold the Rev gentleman with a large grin.