Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The Empty Chair

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 t he 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 woman continued, 'until one day four years ago; my best friend said to me, 'Betty, 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 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 mother 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 Mother 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 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.Have a beautiful day!


All My Blessings said...

Hello Lisa, You couldn't have posted that post at any better time. The timing is perfect. God brought me to you for a reason and I thank Him for that. Also I want thank you...If you read my lates post I think you'll know why...Bless You and Yours.....k

Mimi said...

this was a very precious post Lisa...One that I will remember for a long time...

That Good Part said...

Oh Lisa!
What a delight to have found a comment from you this morning and to visit your inspiring blog!

I've also marked your cooking blog as I love to cook and try new recipes!

This is a great post!☺

Deborah said...

What a beautiful post!
Btw...I love your autumn leaves cursor.

Patti said...

What a wonderful post!!

I hope your having a good week!

Mississippi Songbird said...

This brought tears to my eyes. Thank you, Sweet Friend..

Lisa said...

Thank you all for the sweet birthday wishes for my beloved.
Have a Blessed day.
Lisa :)

Linda said...

This is a Beautiful Post!!
Thank you for sharing.

Big Hugs, Linda

All My Blessings said...

I love your new door mat! Any special place to order it or what it's cute. I like it a lot...k

Lisa said...

K Thanks for all your sweet comments :) I got the doormat at Have a great day.