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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Mother's Empty Chair

Just wanted 2 share this story....ENJOY!

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 minster 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 the chair; place an empty chair in front of you, and in faith see Jesus on 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 and 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 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.


Don said...


Felt myself getting watery-eyed at the conclusion of the tremendous story. Kinda reminds me if when my dad's mom died in the hospital. She'd laid a certain position all three days in the hospital, but just becauseshe passed away she turned her body towards the window and died.

As a young teen and sincerely in love with my grandmother, it was the only comforting thing for myself.

Feelings of her gone to a much better place.

Thanks for sharing.

Mizrepresent said...

Thank you so much for this! It is especially comforting during these times!Muah!

Snake said...

A great post Champ . . . Prayer takes us to realms unimagined . . . Each of us is a piece of the Divine Being . . . We are it and it is us . . . As above, so below . . . Ciao

25champ said... prblm :) just thought it was an amazing story..ur grandmothers story is amazing as well..God sure works in mysterious ways

@Mizrepresents...thanks 4 stopping bye as always :) true :)

carlus wilmot said...

Beautiful spiritual work Champ and its good to have found your page.
Blessing to you and family Brother .

25champ said...

@carlus wilmot....thankyou brotha

Reggie said...

Nice post.

25champ said...

@Reggie Thanks!

Sunny said...

Wow how powerful is that!!!

I know we wish we all could go like that, in our father lap!! I know that's how I would love to go!!

Thats was deep and thanks for sharing!! It was truly a blessing!

25champ said...

I couldn't agree more...its the best ending I've ever heard :) ..thanks 4 stopping bye @Sunny

Random Thoughts said...

i love this story. it touch my heart. it would b a beautiful thing if we all could leave this earth as peacefully as she did in the story. i myself didnt kno how to pray or even knew if i was prayin the rt way. i gues cus things hadnt gone the way i wanted them to. but i guess things arent suppose to go the way we want them but he He sees fit for our prayers to b answered accordin to were we @ as ppl in our lives. maybe there were some things we hav to learn n do first before He grants us wut we want thru prayer n most of all Believe!

25champ said...

@Random Thoughts...exactly :)

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