Old Fred had been a faithful Christian and was in the hospital, near death. The family called their pastor to stand with them.

As the pastor stood next to the bed, old Fred's condition appeared to deteriorate and he motioned frantically for something to write on.

The pastor lovingly handed him a pen and a piece of paper, and old Fred used his last bit of energy to scribble a note, then he died.

The pastor thought it best not to look at the note at that time, so he placed it in his jacket pocket.

At the funeral, as he was finishing the message, he realized that he was wearing the same jacket that he was wearing when old Fred died.

He said, "You know, old Fred handed me this note just before he died. I haven't looked at it, but knowing old Fred, I'm sure there's a word of inspiration there for us all."

He opened the note, and read, "You jerk, you're standing on my oxygen tube!"


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