We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

Funeral Home Chairs

Eighteen years ago, when we hardly had any furniture, we were going to have company. I scoured the paper looking for used furniture sales and then asked my daughter Jen if she would like to come with her dad. Everything was too expensive and we were running out of time. I parked the car and looked at the paper again, but Jen said, “Daddy, let’s pray and ask the Lord if he would help us find the chairs we need.” I looked at my little girl and smiled and knew that we were going to find our chairs.

After we prayed, I looked at the newspaper one more time and noticed that there was a funeral home selling their chairs. I smiled at Jen and said, “I think we received our answer!” She just smiled.

About twenty minutes later I pulled into the funeral home and a man was walking out. Lowering my window I said, “Sir, do you have some chairs for sale?” “I do but we’re closed,” he replied. I looked over at Jen, and I could see her closing her eyes to say a prayer. So I looked at the man and said, “Sir, we have company coming tonight and we need chairs and we just prayed and believe that these are the chairs we are supposed to buy.” He smiled. “Follow me.”

We purchased seven wooden folding chairs that evening and we made it back home just before the company arrived. Eighteen years later I still have one of those chairs sitting in my office. In fact, it still has the funeral home label on the back! It serves as a reminder of God’s faithfulness. Sometimes, it takes a child to teach a dad that God really does answer prayer.

Remember Christ’s promise? “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you . . . . ” (Matthew 7:7)

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