When it was time for the "children's sermon" and the children were called to the front, I began to unobtrusively move to a side pew to make room for the children. It was then that my foot became entangled with the straps on my beautiful bag! I fell headlong into the aisle. I remember a congregational gasp and the anxious faces of several men hovering over me inquiring about my well-being.
As you may imagine, my embarrassment matched my pain at the moment. I WAS able to get to the side pew where I examined the rug burns on one knee and elbow. A well-prepared young mother passed a bandage up to me for my bloody elbow. There was no way to cover up the hole in my black hosiery when I stood later to sing in a ladies' ensemble.
In the days to follow, I've nursed several stiff limbs and am still trying to find a comfortable sleep position!
That such an innocent and beautiful bag could become the source of such pain and humiliation reminds me of the Bible verse: ""Make up your mind not to put ANY stumbling block or obstacle in your brother's way" (Romans 14:13), a warning Paul repeated in I Corinthians 8:9 and 2 Corinthians 6:3. Even beautiful and seemingly innocent words or actions can result in harm if not properly placed! You can be sure I'll be more careful the next time I carry this bag - and hopefully even more thoughtful about my words and actions!