* THE LACE TABLECLOTH by LOIS W. STERN

A  young pastor and his wife, newly assigned to reopen an abandoned church for their first ministry, arrived in early October excited about their opportunities. When they walked inside, they saw that their church was very run down and needed much work. They set a goal to have everything done in time for their first service on Christmas Eve.

They worked hard: repairing pews, plastering walls, painting and cleaning. On December 18th they were ahead of schedule – eagerly awaiting their big day.

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The little white church

Then on December 19th the unthinkable happened. A driving rainstorm hit the area, lasting for forty-eight hours. When the pastor reentered his church on December 21st, his heart sank. The roof had leaked, causing a a huge hunk of plaster, 20 feet by 8 feet, to fall off the front wall,  head high just behind the pulpit. The pastor cleaned up the mess as best he could, thinking the unthinkable. Should he postpone the Christmas Eve service?

On his way home he noticed that a local business was having a flea market charity sale. One of the items that caught his eye was a beautiful, handmade tablecloth. The crochet work was exquisite, the color a soft creamy beige, with a cross embroidered right in the center. It was just the right size to cover the fallen plaster behind the pulpit.

The pastor bought it and while rushing back to the church, noticed an elderly woman running to catch a bus.  She missed it. The pastor invited her to sit in his church for the next 45 minutes until she could catch the next scheduled bus. She sat in a pew, paying little attention to the pastor as he got out a ladder and nails to hang his new found wall tapestry. When finished, he sat back and smiled. He could hardly believe how beautiful it looked. What’s more, it covered up the entire damaged wall.

Then he looked up to notice the elderly woman rushing toward him down the center aisle. Her face was pale as a sheet. Pastor, where did you get that tablecloth? she gasped. When the pastor explained, she asked him to check the lower right corner to see if the initials ERB were crocheted there in tiny letters. They were.

This story is only the beginning of a series of coincidences that make one wonder: “Is there really such a thing as coincidence, or is it divine intervention?” You decide.

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About loiswstern

I was in education for just over 20 years when I unexpectedly pursued another passion and entered the world of authors and journalists. I have since published two non-fiction, full length books on different aspects of beauty, but also avidly endorse the confluence of Inner and Outer beauty. I have written feature articles for Long Island Beauty Guide and LI Woman, and have served as Editor-at-large for MakeMeHeal.com, the largest Internet site for plastic surgery and beauty needs. I enjoy researching what's new in the world of aesthetics & anti-aging and devote one of my blogs: www.FabulousBeautyBlog.wordpress.com to sharing cutting edge, hype-free information. I devote my second blog to my other passion: writing, collecting and sharing stories to warm the spirit and inspire the soul. To this end, I have created an 'Authors Helping Authors' project/contest, to create books for inspiration, the first of which is titled: Tales 2 Inspire ~ Beyond Coincidence. It is a jewel of a book, filled with inspiring stories and full color original photos and/or drawings. If you're a talented writer with one inspiring story to share, visit www.tales2inspire.com to learn how to participate. FREE to enter. All you need is the talent and perseverance to do so. Lots of positive platform building opportunities for the winners. Learn more at: www.tales2inspire.com.

Posted on December 10, 2012, in Authors helping authors project, Tales2Inspire, Words to Inspire and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Lois I have added your book to my read list. I also have twetted, fb, and LinkedIn. I have also saved your page in my favorites. I will visit often.

    • I don’t know your name, but I do appreciate your support. Thank you ever so much!

      Best regards,
      Lois W. Stern

    • Salpa, what every author needs is fans such as you! Thank you ever so much for your kind words. You made my day. I can’t wait for these Tales2Inspire books to get published.

  2. I read this story a number of years ago in “Psychic News”. In fact, I have it printed out somewhere.

    • Yes, Serena, you are correct. I have hunted for the origin of this story many times (and there are several different versions of it), but was never able to discover the name of the original author. So I put my own touches to it and took a photo of a little white local church that seemed to fit with the story.

      It’s one that I never tire of retelling!

  3. And it’s so perfect for this time of the year. 🙂 Blessings for the turning of the wheel.

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