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Writer: Frank Kim

Posting Date: 2009-02-14 18:56
Hit Number: 8638 / Recommend Number: 3092
 
Subject: Daddy's Empty Chair


DADDY'S EMPTY CHAIR
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 saw the
empty chair and 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, ' John , 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
everyday. 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 . 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.'

Just send this to four people or more, and
do not break this, please.
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.
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이참히   2009-05-23 14:53:27
A-men!!
너무 은혜로운 글입니다. 저도 이런 살아있는 교제와 살아있는 기도를 드렸으면 좋겠어요~~
의견(코멘트)을 작성하실 수 없습니다. 이유: 권한이 없는 회원레벨
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