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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, and on December 18 were ahead of schedule and just about finished.

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 like 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 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 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 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 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.

So 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.

Comments on: "Understand That Things Happen For a Reason" (16)

  1. What a lovely story. Thank you for posting it.

  2. That is just beautiful. God DOES work in mysterious ways.

  3. Nice story to start the day. Thanks for the sunrise smile.

  4. Dear Cherokee:
    Very beautiful story! It’s very nice that two people who are in love get back together despite the obstacles.
    God is present and love triumphed. Nothing is impossible for Him
    I think that every fact of our lives has a meaning, a reason why, though perhaps unknown to us. Even the bitter and sad moments (as happened to find a church pastor in poor condition).
    I think there’s a reason for everything that happens. Even smaller events and unnoticed by us. This beautiful story reminds me of this.
    Thanks for sharing it with us.

    Much love to you and for all.
    Anabella

    • dear Anabella:
      I love your new picture. As a psychic I can tell you that I am not shown everything about a person or situation, and there’s a reason and I always find out later why the information was not to be revealed at that time. I always appreciate your thoughtful commons.
      Many blessings,
      Cherokee Billie

      • maureen2010 said:

        Hi Cherokee Billie and all,

        I appreciate this comment about not being shown everything about a person or situation. As you know, Billie, I was so pressured to find out why I lost my expensive eyeglasses, and your words were so helpful and comforting to me. I have not yet found them – maybe never will – but sometime there will probably be some information, some meaning, about why it happened.

        And I thank you for this lovely story. It truly amazes me to hear about the impossible synchronicities that can happen in life.

        Maureen

        • Dear Maureen:
          I know how much you wanted to find your glasses, but there’s definitely a reason why it didn’t happen and you will eventually know why. Life is filled with synchronicity and it is always amazing. Thank you for your comment.
          Many blessings,
          Cherokee Billie

  5. This is truly what I needed today, I found out that on 11/26 my dept at work is phasing out and we will be laid off. I was a contractor who actually applied for a perm position but didn’t get it and now the contractors are being laid off. I’m upset, but know that it is happening for a reason that I have yet to figure out.

    • P, I am praying for you tonight and tomorrow. You are right, God has a plan for you, believe that! I know it is not easy, I can only imagine what it feels like to be in your situation. But put this in God’s hands, he is just preparing you for something else.
      Sending prayers and blessings your way!
      Karina

    • Dear P:
      I regret hearing that you will be laid off. I know that something better is coming for you and hopefully you will see it very soon. I know this is not an easy situation and I don’t take it lightly. I will keep you in my prayers. I’m glad this story was inspirational for you today.
      Many blessings,
      Cherokee Billie

    • Dear P: I’m praying for you. I wish the best for you. With love.
      Anabella

  6. Dear Cherokee Billie,

    When I read this post, I couldn’t help thinking about my own life story… I know it sounds a bit selfish, but that is what happens to people who still have a looot to learn, like me…
    The way the story is told does not leave any doubt that this is how our lives are designed by God and we are here only to know, one day, that everything had been planned so that we could finally get to know ourselves, in a mystical encounter with our own souls.

    Once I was told life is just like a tablecloth being embroyered: while we are growing, we can only see the reverse side of it, with all the knots, the sew lines, in a complicated set of ties, that we do not understand. But as soon as we grow and the work is finished, we are able to see it from above and then we realize what was being done and how beautiful the work became!

    So, I was taught to believe everything happens for a reason, no matter how hard the experiences have been, no matter where we are, who we relate with or how long it takes. I know I am where God wants me to be. I am part of the family God chose for me and I am beginning to realise that I could not be anywhere else, but where I am, with all the problems and happy moments.

    And you, Chereokee Billie, you are part of this, too. If it weren’t for your blog and all the meaning it has brought to my life, I wouldn’t have been able to reflect upon such important topics. I know this has a reason and it is not over, yet. And I thank God for that!

    Best wishes,
    Karina de Cillo

    • Dear Karina:
      you are taught very wisely that I young age about life been like a embroidered tablecloth. each year something new is added to that tablecloth. Yes, everything does happen for reason and it is and always easy going through it. We just have to persevere and this is where the trying of our faith comes in and we have to believe no matter what the circumstances are. I always appreciate your comments and your kind words.
      Many blessings,
      Cherokee Billie

  7. Thank you all for the kind words, I feel something better is on the horizon even though I did love what I was doing. I just don’t know what it is.

    • there is definitely something better coming to you and you just need to keep looking and be aware of when it arrives. You will stay in all of our prayers.
      Many blessings,
      Cherokee Billie

  8. karen mary anne said:

    This story makes me cry with deep feelings of gratitude and love. Yes, god works in our lives and while my stories are not so profound as this one, they are there in my life and everyone’s even if kind gifts seem random, there is the blessing.

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