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The Chair

Today's iv is something I ran across in my files as I began to look for material for upcoming Father's Day posts. This was so nice, I couldn't resist sharing it now.

a caned rocking 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.

"I'm the new minister at your church," he replied. "When I saw 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 about four years ago my best friend said to me, 'Joe, 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 He would always be with us. 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 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."

2 Corinthians 5:7 reminds us that "we walk by faith, not by sight."


"Today you and I are walking billboards, declaring either that the gospel is powerful and true or that it is weak and false. ... Am I really part of what Jesus does in people's lives, or am I part of some kind of culture?" - Dr. Drew Conley

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Do you ever feel like you're diagonally parked in a parallel universe?

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7 Comments on “The Chair”

  1. #1 Michael Murphy
    on May 23rd, 2008 at 7:00 am

    Great IV! A real rebuke and reminder to us all. One thing I point out about this story that has been helpful to me is to talk out loud while praying. That enables me to stay focused mentally and to have a better time of praying.

  2. #2 Sherry
    on May 23rd, 2008 at 7:10 am

    Thanks for sharing this one, Mr. Loach. That really touched me–even brought a few tears to my eyes. 🙂 My grandma has been quite ill lately; I hope when the Lord decides to call her home, she’ll go just as peacefully.

  3. #3 Matthew
    on May 23rd, 2008 at 8:09 am

    That IV is great…so moving. Thanks for the “instant spiritual vacation”. Have a great day.

  4. #4 Carrie
    on May 23rd, 2008 at 8:15 am

    Thank you for the good reminder!

  5. #5 Rob
    on May 23rd, 2008 at 11:41 am

    I suspected that others would respond to this piece the way I did. Thanks for the confirmation of that.

  6. #6 paula
    on May 24th, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    Hey, i get your blog through Sherry, a good friend of mine. I’ve enjoyed reading your posts. This one is very sweet.

  7. #7 Katie
    on Jul 10th, 2008 at 10:32 am

    This is very special. That is really a great way to go, indeed. I too wish we could all go that way. Thank you for the post.