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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Mom's Empty Chair

This dandy was sent to me from a friend in Sacramento via the email.
I have seen it before and it truly is one worth reading again.
I also think it is so very profound.
For those of us who sometimes think they need that face to face visual;
 This is one that will touch you and move you.

Original page:


A woman's daughter had asked the local minister
 To come and pray with her mother.
When the minister arrived,
he found the woman lying in bed with her head
propped up on two pillows.

An empty chair sat beside her bed.
The minister assumed that the woman
had been informed of his visit.
"I guess you were expecting me", he said.

"No, who are you?' said the mother.
The minister told her his name and then remarked,
'I saw the empty chair and I figured you knew
I was going to show up.'

'Oh yeah, the chair,' said the bedridden woman.
'Would you mind closing the door?'
Puzzled, the minister shut the door.
'I have never told anyone this,
not even my daughter,' said the woman.

'But all of my life I have never
Known how to pray.
At church I used to hear the pastor talk about prayer,
But it went right over my head.'

I abandoned any attempt at prayer,'
the old woman continued,'
until one day four years ago, my best friend said to me,
Prayer is just a simple matter
of having a conversation with Jesus
Here is what I suggest.
'Sit down in a chair;
place an empty chair in front of you,
and in faith see Jesus on the chair.

It's not spooky because he promised,
'I will be with you always'.
'Then just speak to him in the same way
you're doing with me right now.'

'So, I tried it and I've liked it so much
 That I do it a couple of hours every day.
I'm careful though.
If my daughter saw me talking
to an empty chair, she'd either have a nervous breakdown
 Or send me off to the funny farm.'

The minister was deeply moved by the story and
 Encouraged the old woman to continue on the journey.
Then he prayed with her, anointed her with oil,
  And returned to the church.

Two nights later the daughter called
to tell the minister that her mama
had died that afternoon.
Did she die in peace?' he asked.

Yes, when I left the house about two o'clock,
she called me over to her bedside,
told me she loved me and kissed me on the cheek.
When I got back from the store an hour later,
I found her.

But there was something strange about her death
Apparently, just before Mom died,
she leaned over and rested her head on the chair
 Beside the bed. What do you make of that?'

The minister wiped a tear from his eye and said,
'I wish we could all go like that.'

Prayer is one of the best free gifts we receive.

I asked God for water, He gave me an ocean.*
I asked God for a flower, He gave me a garden*
I asked God for a friend, He gave me all of YOU...
If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.

Happy moments, praise God.
Difficult moments, seek God.
Quiet moments,worship God
Painful moments,trust God
Every moment, thank God.

I love that we can come to Jesus and talk to Him.
That if setting a chair near us works.
I say go for it.
I love the visual.
To think she laid her head in Jesus lap!
No better way to go home!

Have you ever placed a chair, stuffed animal or anything to practice a speech or just pretend someone was there to talk too?


Thisisme. said...

That is very special Bethe. Thank you for sharing it with us. I hadn't seen it before. I always enjoy all the prayers you put on your blog. I particularly liked the line today, "If God bring you to it, he will bring you through it." Blessings to you.

rainbow said...

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING THIS TODAY!! I really needed this message today. You are such a dear friend and help to me always. Thanks for being so close to God and doing His will. I may not comment every day but not a day goes by without your in put.

rainbow (Momma Lyn)

Susie Swanson said...

Oh Bethe, this has brought tears to my eyes.. It is so touching.. Such a great post. It is so true about the chair, when our cross is hard to bear he is right there beside us.Thank you for sharing this..Blessings, Susie

Holly said...

I love this story! Your place is always such a blessing!
Hugs, Bethe!