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Topic: Ow! (01/07/10)
TITLE: Prime Seating
By Sally Hanan
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We had gone to the church two hours in advance so we could get prime seating, and this woman was helping herself to our sacrifice. My husband and his friend were up near the stage to worship, and they stayed there with others who began to sit on the floor all around them.
And then that woman shouted to her friend on the floor to come and take the seat beside herómy husband's.
I leaned over and told her the seats were taken. She snapped at me that her friend had a very bad back and she needed the seat. Her friend sat beside her. End of conversation.
How dare she!
We got here so early for those seats.
What am I going to say to my husband and his friend when they come back to sit hereóthat Iím weak and unable to keep a few seats?
OK, so her friend has a bad back, but does she?
If she has just asked me if she could use the seat for her friend, I probably would have said yes, but she took it as if she had a right to it.
I stewed for a while.
My husband never came back to his seat, and my anger lessened. I prayed for peace, I forgave her, I asked God to fill me with love for her.
At the end of the meeting, the speaker told us to turn to the person closest to us and pray for them. Wanting to conciliate, I turned to face her and ask her what she needed. She told me of her husbandís unemployment, of his car breaking down and of having no money to fix it, of her own job loss months ago and the hope of work soon, of having problems with her car that day, of her fear of losing everything. Tears avalanched down her cheeks with no signs of stopping.
I prayed for favor, for provision, for peace, for work; and with each word, the hardness I had allowed to build up against her washed away.
ďThank you so much.Ē Her face seemed softer, lighter. We both smiled.
And the Holy Spirit gave me a pat on the back because I was so righteous. . . .
No he didnít! But I'm pretty sure he smiled, too. :)
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