Thursday, December 17, 2009

Another Story From Father Sam

You Ain't Dead Till You Dead

I am recalling from memory this story, so its veracity and accuracy need to be confirmed with the good Father, but here is how I recall it.

A woman of his acquaintance was very ill for some time, and one day passed away.

She was aware of no longer being in her body, and then of meeting Jesus face to face in a room with two rows of chairs in it. On the one row of chairs were people she knew, and people she did not know. The second row that faced it was empty.

She asked Jesus about this and he told her about the first row. He told her that her sufferings had been used by Him in the redemption of these people.

She then asked him specifically about the second row of empty chairs: "And what about these seats?" He told her that they were the seats of those who were yet to be redeemed and that her sufferings were to be a part of their redemption.

He then told her she had to return to earth. With that she awoke in her sick bed.

This story is reminiscent of Romans 8:17:
Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
It is further reminiscent of Romans 8:28:
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
So, what Jesus was telling her was that her suffering was Redemptive. Kinda throws a spanner into the whole euthanasia bag of snakes, doesn't it?

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