This Christmas story was sent to me by my brother, I hope it inspires you as it did me.
NandoBeautiful story..... makes you understand that things happen for a reason
The brand new pastor and his wife, newly assigned to their first ministry,to reopen a church in suburban Brooklyn, arrived in early Octoberexcited about their opportunities. When they saw their church, it was very run down and needed much work. They set a goal to have everything donein time to have their first service on .They worked hard, repairing pews, plastering walls, painting, etc, andon were ahead of schedule and just about finished.On a terrible tempest - a driving rainstorm hit thearea and lasted for two days.On the 21st, the pastor went over to the church. His heart sank whenhe saw that the roof had leaked, causing a large area of plaster about
20 feet by 8 feet to fall off the front wall of the sanctuary justbehind the pulpit, beginning about head high.
The pastor cleaned up the mess on the floor, and not knowing whatelse to do but postpone the
On the way he noticed that a local business was, headed home. having a flea markettype sale for charity, so he stopped in. One of the items was a beautiful,
handmade, ivory colored, crocheted tablecloth with exquisite work,fine colors and a Cross embroidered right in the center. It was just
the right size to cover the hole in the front wall. He bought it andheaded back to the church.
By this time it had started to snow. An older woman runningfrom the opposite direction was trying to catch the bus. She missed it.The pastor invited her to wait in the warm church for the nextbus 45 minutes later.
She sat in a pew and paid no attention to the pastor while he got a ladder,hangers, etc., to put up the tablecloth as a . The pastor could hardly believe how beautiful it looked and it covered up the entire problem area.
Then he noticed the woman walking down the center aisle. Her face waslike a sheet. "Pastor," she asked, "where did you get that tablecloth?"
The pastor explained. The woman asked him to check the lower rightcorner to see if the initials, EBG were crocheted into it there. They were.These were the initials of the woman, and she had made this tablecloth35 years before, in Austria .
The woman could hardly believe it as the pastor told how he had justgotten "The
her husband were well-to-do people in Austria ..
When the Nazis came, she was forced to leave. Her husband was going to ". The woman explained that before the war she andfollow her the next week.. He was captured, sent to prison andnever saw her husband or her home again.
The pastor wanted to give her the tablecloth; but she made thepastor keep it for the church. The pastor insisted on driving her home. Thatwas the least he could do. She lived on the other side of Staten Island and wasonly in for the day for a housecleaning job.
What a wonderful service they had on Christmas Eve. The church was almost full. The music and the spirit were great. At the end of the service, the pastor and his wife greeted everyone at the door and many said that they would return.
One older man, whom the pastor recognized from the neighborhood continued to sit in one of the pews and stare, and the pastor wondered why he wasn't leaving.
The man asked him where he got the tablecloth on the front wall because it was identical to one that his wife had made years ago when they lived in Austria before the war and how could there be two tablecloths so much alike?
He told the pastor how the Nazis came, how he forced his wife to flee for her safety and he was supposed to follow her, but he was arrested and put in a prison.He never saw his wife or his home again all the 35 years between.
The pastor asked him if he would allow him to take him for a little ride. They drove to Staten Island and to the same house where the pastor had taken thewoman three days earlier.
He helped the man climb the three flights of stairs to the woman's apartment, knocked on the door and he saw the greatest Christmas reunion he could ever imagine.
True Story - submitted by Pastor Rob Reid who says God does work in mysterious ways. I asked the Lord to bless you as I prayed for you today, to guide you and protect you as you go along your way. His love is always with you. His promises
are true, and when we give Him all our cares we know He will see us through.
S o when the road you're traveling seems difficult at best, just remember I'm here praying and God will do the rest. Pass this on to those you want God to bless.
When there is nothing left but God, that is when you find out that God is all you need. Take 60 seconds and give this a shot! All you do is simply say the following small prayer for the person who sent this to you.
Father, God, bless all my friends and family in what
ever it is that You know they may be needing this
day! May their lives be full of Your peace,
prosperity and power as they seek to have a
closer relationship with You. Amen.