“A Chair Affair”

“I had three chairs in my house; one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.” (Henry David Thoreau)


Five and a half years ago, in fear and trembling, I unboxed fifteen stack chairs and set them up in my unfinished basement in preparation for the first Sunday evening Bible study that I prayed would become a church. Would anyone come? Had I moved my wife across the country in vain? I prayed “Lord, please put the people you have picked into these chairs. Please bring everyone you want here. And keep all others away.”

Chairs are good for sitting. Chairs are good for sitting in while studying the Bible. But chairs are good because they represent people. And people–personally, relationally and socially–comprise the family of God.

Last Saturday, about a dozen men from Parkland Chapel unpacked and assembled 160 new chairs for our sanctuary. I no longer ask ‘will anyone come’, nor do I ask ‘did I move my wife across the country in vain’.  But I do still regularly pray the same prayer.

Thanks to each of you who have responded to God’s call to fill those seats. I love you. And I look forward to meeting those He will add in the future.

God bless,

Pastor Mike

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