For the last couple of days, I’ve been getting email messages from a church in Illinois. Seeing as how I neither live nor attend church in Illinois, I figured it was some kind of transcription error where someone with a similar email address wanted to be on the list, but my email address was entered instead. So I sent the following email to the sender:
I really don't know how I got on your mailing list, but please remove me.
I got this response:
I will do one better than that....
YOU ARE OFF THE CHRISTMAS LIST AS WELL!
I chuckled at the playful response and liked that someone had a sense of humor about it. I sent this in return:
Thanks. I imagine someone from your congregation with a similar email address wants to be on the list, but I'll leave it up to you to try to figure that part out.
To which she responded:
I have to extend my deepest apologies! You are right, actually our PASTOR has a similar (one character difference) email address and I assumed that he was being funny by sending me that original reply! I am so embarrassed that I assumed that, and I hope you are not offended by my response....I was trying to be funny :) I hope you have a fantastic day and that you can forgive my error!
No need to ask forgiveness for making someone laugh (as long as the laughter isn’t too loud). The scary thing is that I went to the church’s website, and not only does the pastor have the same name as me, but we also kind of look alike. I wonder if he’s preached any sermons about Noah’s Ark lately.