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Leith Anderson, a pastor, shares an experience of disappointment.

As a boy, he grew up outside of New York City and was an avid fan of the old Brooklyn Dodgers. One day his father took him to a World Series game between the Dodgers and the Yankees. He was so excited, and he just knew the Dodgers would trounce the Yankees. Unfortunately, the Dodgers never got on base, and his excitement was shattered.


Years later he was engrossed in a conversation with a man who was a walking sports almanac. Leith told him about the first major league game he attended and added, "It was such a disappointment. I was a Dodger fan’ and the Dodgers never got on base."


The man said, "You were There? You were at the game when Don Larsen pitched the first perfect game in all of World Series history?"

Leith replied, "Yeah, but uh, we lost."


He then realized that he had been so caught up in his team’s defeat that he missed out on the fact that he was a witness to a far greater page of history.


SOURCE: As told by Dean Register in Minister’s Manuel, 1995, 339.

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