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The Empty Chair

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A man's daughter had asked the local minister to
come and pray with her father. When the minister
arrived, he found the man lying in bed with his head
propped up on two pillows. An empty chair sat
beside his bed. The minister assumed that the old
fellow had been informed of his visit.

"I guess you were expecting me," he said.

"No, who are you?" said the father.

The minister told him his name and then remarked,
"I see the empty chair; I figured you knew I was
going to show up."

"Oh yeah, the chair," said the bedridden man. "Would you
mind closing the door?"

Puzzled, the minister shut the door.

"I have never told anyone this, not even my daughter,"
said the man. "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 man continued,
"until one day four years ago my best friend said to me,

Johnny, 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'll 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
man to continue on the journey. Then he prayed with him, anointed
him with oil, and returned to the church.

Two nights later the daughter called to tell the minister that her daddy
had died that afternoon.

"Did he die in peace?" he asked.

"Yes, when I left the house about two o'clock, he called me over to his
bedside, told me he loved me and kissed me on the cheek. When I
got back from the store an hour later, I found him dead. But there was
something strange about his death. Apparently, just before Daddy
died, he leaned over and rested his 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."

[ July 03, 2002, 04:41 PM: Message edited by: AC ]
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Thats nice. [img]smile.gif[/img]
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Thats nice. [img]smile.gif[/img]
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If paradise was half as nice as every post you doubled up...

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