The Empty Chair

The Empty Chair
The decorations are up and the holiday menu planning is taking place, but I can’t seem to keep my eyes away from a very special chair. The meals planned for this year and the years to come cannot compare to the meal that is ahead. Revelation 19:9: “Then the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” And he added, “These are the true words of God.”

I look forward to sharing it with you, Dad.


With each and every passing year
as we gather on Christmas Day,
we’re reminded of loved ones
who once were here,
but have gone on to another place.
We look at the chairs where once they sat,
reminded by the empty space
that our celebration will never be the same
until we’re with them once again.
To be “home”, truly “home” for the holidays,
to see again those gone before us
and realize the reality of the hallelujah chorus
as we sing to the One standing before us . . .
no longer an image on a Christmas card,
but our Savior, the Christ, face-to-face,
reunited with our loved ones, we’ll worship our King,
forever . . . truly “home” for the holidays.

— Cheri Henderson

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