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The Tablecloth (true story) by TRiAD
Started on: 12-11-2001 12:27 PM
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Report this Post12-11-2001 12:27 PM Click Here to See the Profile for TRiADSend a Private Message to TRiADDirect Link to This Post
This is one of those stories you'll never forget! Enjoy


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 Dec 18 were ahead of
schedule and just about finished. On Dec 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 up 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. She was
captured, went 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 in
between. The p! astor 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


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Report this Post12-11-2001 01:57 PM Click Here to See the Profile for 84BillClick Here to visit 84Bill's HomePageSend a Private Message to 84BillDirect Link to This Post
I like these kinds of stories.
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Report this Post12-11-2001 02:45 PM Click Here to See the Profile for isthiswhereiputausername?Send a Private Message to isthiswhereiputausername?Direct Link to This Post
Nice Story! Thanks
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Report this Post12-11-2001 09:34 PM Click Here to See the Profile for avengador1Click Here to Email avengador1Send a Private Message to avengador1Direct Link to This Post
I remember reading that story and it still gives me chills.

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Report this Post12-11-2001 09:45 PM Click Here to See the Profile for hughClick Here to Email hughSend a Private Message to hughDirect Link to This Post
Goosebumps!
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Report this Post12-12-2001 12:15 AM Click Here to See the Profile for FieroMaster88Click Here to Email FieroMaster88Send a Private Message to FieroMaster88Direct Link to This Post
Thats awesome!
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Report this Post12-13-2001 12:10 AM Click Here to See the Profile for artherdClick Here to visit artherd's HomePageClick Here to Email artherdSend a Private Message to artherdDirect Link to This Post
Thanks

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Report this Post12-13-2001 12:25 AM Click Here to See the Profile for frontal lobeClick Here to Email frontal lobeSend a Private Message to frontal lobeDirect Link to This Post
I LOVE when that happens.
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Report this Post12-13-2001 10:49 AM Click Here to See the Profile for RaydarClick Here to Email RaydarSend a Private Message to RaydarDirect Link to This Post
Great story!

Yup. That one is getting shared...

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Report this Post12-13-2001 03:09 PM Click Here to See the Profile for fierobabySend a Private Message to fierobabyDirect Link to This Post
HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!

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