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Two Chairs



Last night Kelly, Shepherd, and I went to Sunrise Hospital to visit my mother in law after a procedure she had. We walked in the surgical waiting room and I saw the first of two very important chairs.

Kelly has always been amused by my photographic memory. It shocks her that I can remember where I stopped to get gas on a road trip in 2003, but I can’t remember to take out the trash when asked. Anyways back to the first chair. It was October of 2006 and my dad was going in for his brain surgery. He had just been diagnosed with a brain tumor and I was very nervous. My dad was actually my step dad, but that did not matter to me. He was a great friend and a great role model for me. As I walked into the waiting room last night I looked at the exact chair I was sitting in that nerve racking day in October of 2006. I was almost overcome with emotion as I thought to myself, “had it really been seven years.” I immediately started talking to God and thanking him for the time that I have been able to spend with my dad since his surgery almost seven years ago. I looked at the chair again and thanked God for what had happened that day I first sat down in that spot. I thanked him for the peace that was evident in my mother’s heart. I thanked him for my dad’s recovery. I thanked him for just being God.

About half an hour later I saw the second chair. I was taking Shepherd and Kelly to the Children’s Hospital wing to get registered for Liam’s arrival. That’s right we are having our second boy in December. While I was racing Shepherd down the hall in his stroller, chair number two appeared in my peripheral vision. This chair was located in the Labor and Delivery waiting room. It was the chair I sat in when I first saw my little baby boy. I looked at the chair and began to pray a prayer of thanksgiving as well. I don’t ever claim to be the best Christian on the planet. However, I know that if I had not made the decision to follow Christ at the age of 20 those two chairs would mean nothing to me.

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33


  1. Pastor Fred: What a beautiful and heart-warming testimony!I am so happy and thrilled for you, Kelly and Shepherd. I personally was expecting to hear it is a boy.

  2. That was a heart stirring testimony and I am so very happy for both of you. May God continue to use both of you to lead the lost to Him. His blessings will follow you and your family so long as you love and serve him!

  3. what an awesome story , I went to school with Troy and let me tell you (I don’t have to tell you) what an awesome person he is

  4. Fred, that was beautiful. Very well said:) Thank you for following our Father and setting a great example for so many of us to follow.


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