Sunday, November 02, 2008

Have a Seat, Say a Prayer

prayer bench
Originally uploaded by Darrell
"Remember to feed the hungry, clothe the poor and love those who have no one but you to love them" is the inscription on a new prayer bench dedicated on All Saints Day at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Lafayette, LA.
The bench is a memorial to my wife's father, a priest who unexpectedly passed away earlier this year. St. Barnabas was the last church at which he served full time.
You knew something special was happening because my 18-year-old son actually entered a church and sat through an entire service, including a baptism.
The whole family assembled, along with many of my mother-in-law's friends. It made her happy to have everyone together. She said she has lots of happy memories of her grandchildren visiting that church.
It's sad it took a tragedy to get everyone together there one more time.
The inscription helps the membership remember how my father-in-law would dismiss them at the end of a service.
Let's hope, as the years go by, that the bench continues to get more than a passing glance.

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