Inspirational Love

November 25th, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

inspirational love

The following story was sent to me in an e-mail.   We should all be so lucky to have this kind of inspirational love in our lives.  One that endures throughout the distance of time and space.  Love is a gift from God.  Love is God…….

The brand  new  pastor and his wife, newly assigned to  their first ministry, to reopen a church
in  suburban Brooklyn, arrived in early  October excited about their opportunities.  When they
saw  their church, it was very run down and needed much work.  They set a goal to have everything done in time to have their first service on Christmas Eve.   They worked hard, repairing pews, plastering walls, painting, etc.

On December18 , they were ahead of schedule and just about finished.   But on December 19 a terrible tempest – a driving rainstorm hit the area and lasted for two days.  On the  21st, the pastor went over to the church.   His heart sank when he 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 just behind the pulpit, beginning about head high.  The pastor cleaned up the mess on the  floor, and not  knowing what else to do but  postpone the Christmas Eve service, headed home.

On the way he noticed that a local business was having a flea market type 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 and headed back to the church.

By this time it had started to snow.   An older woman running from the opposite direction was trying to catch the bus.   She missed it.   The pastor  invited her to wait in the warm church for the next bus 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 wall tapestry.   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 was white as a sheet.    “Pastor,” she asked, “where did you get that tablecloth?”   The pastor explained. The woman asked  him to check the lower right corner 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  tablecloth 35 years before, in Austria .

The woman  could hardly believe it as the pastor told  how he had just gotten “The Tablecloth”.   The  woman explained that before the war she and her husband were well-to-do people in Austria .   When the Nazis came, she was  forced to leave.   Her husband was going to follow her the next  week.   He was captured,  sent to prison and she never saw her  husband  or her home again.

The pastor wanted to give her the tablecloth,  but she  made the pastor  keep it for the church.   The  pastor insisted on driving her home.
That was  the least he could do. She lived on the other side of Staten Island and was only in Brooklyn 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 since then.

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 the woman 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 doesn’t work in mysterious ways?

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