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The Church Pew…

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February 2, 2015 by Terry

I have this Church Pew… I love this Pew!!!  This Pew holds (literally) a lifetime of memories for me in it.

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Of course I’ve painted it as it has weathered from being in so many different places over the last 16 years… inside and outside.  I’ve also shortened it to about half of the length it used to be.

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This bench holds soooo much history!  Not only is this pew at least 100 years old but…

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I first started sitting on this pew when I was 2 years old.  Every Sunday from the age of 2 to the age of 18, I would sit on this pew and listen to my mother sweetly play the organ or the piano for the church services we attended.

That’s not to say that I would behave appropriately or that I wouldn’t fidget during the service…  You see…. my older sister and I were the only children for the longest time and there was no Sunday school for us to attend.

We lived in a very small town with quite an elderly population and there were very few children that attended often enough for there to be an official Sunday school class.

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Fast forward to November 19,1995… I was 20!  (I know you’re all doing the math! Ha!) Standing in the very church I grew up in.  My parents sitting in the front row in “the pew”… watching me pledge my love before God for the man I was about to marry.  He was my first love and we had dated for 4 years before deciding to marry.  I know I was young, but he was “the one”!

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Fast forward to June 19, 1995…  Me  sitting once again in “the pew” at the front of the church..the one I grew up in, the one I got married in…

… the one I said goodbye to my husband in…

Yes, I said “goodbye” from this very pew to my loving husband whom I thought I would spend the rest of my life with.  He had been tragically killed in a workplace accident.  What a shock it was, and I will never forget how my world came crashing down that day.  We had plans… plans for the future… we were just starting out…

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Having a Christian Faith, I believe that EVERYTHING good or bad happens to us for a reason.  God is very deliberate in what He does…He is for me and not against me…  If I didn’t have this belief, I do not know where I would be to this day.

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Fast forward through much grieving and healing to 1998….  “the pew” is now in the front row of a new church…( The old one condemned from age…my wedding was the last one that church had…)  my parents are seated there…watching me get married … to my new husband…

When the new church got it’s new seating, I had the opportunity to have the old seating….. I got “the pew“!

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I love this old church pew and when I look at it, I see my life’s journey and all that He’s brought me through.  God IS faithful…He is with me ALWAYS...even when I don’t feel Him there, He is there.

This bench is a small reminder of that.

Every time I walk by it I am reminded of how far He has brought me.  God is faithful!

This story has a happy ending of 16 years of marriage and five beautiful thriving children!

Just thought I’d share that…  :0)

Smiles for a great week!

Terry!

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30 thoughts on “The Church Pew…

  1. Peggy says:

    What a beautiful story! And what a beautiful piece of family history!

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  2. I have no witty or clever thing to say. Thank you so much for sharing your story. It’s sad and beautiful and a wonderful testament. God is who He says He is and can do what He says He can do. And He has blessed me through you!

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  3. A City Girl says:

    What a blessing that you can keep a piece of your past like that!!

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    • Sometimes when I’m feeling like having a small pitty party or whining about life, I look back at how far I’ve come and how anything is possible!
      Thank you for stopping by!
      Smiles!
      Terry

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  4. laurabrzegowy says:

    Such a beautiful story and testament to your faith in our loving God! Bless you for the joy and beauty you bring to the world!

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  5. Beth says:

    Thank you for the reminder of God’s faithfulness. Sometimes we get focused on the small stuff and forget who’s we are and what we are doing here. .

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  6. Mary Vitullo says:

    What a touching story! I’m so glad that you moved on and continued with a new life. What a beautiful sentimental piece to have. Thanks for sharing your story.

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  7. You are so lucky! I’ve always wanted a church pew…thanks for sharing your touching story!

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  8. Incredible story and a really beautiful bench. With all the stores and opportunity for shopping now, we end up with so many decorations and furniture that are pretty and make us happy for awhile. But it is things like this bench that has meaning and a history that will make us happy forever. Thanks so much for sharing this at my blog today!

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    • Thank you for being a vessel for sharing and hosting every week, I look forward to browsing all the amazing inspiration I find on your blog!
      Thank you for taking the time to stop by and comment. I hope you have a fantastic day!
      Smiles!
      Terry

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  9. Virginia says:

    What a lovely story.

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  10. Jo says:

    I read this lovely, sad, happy, sincere post longing for a happy ending. I was not disappointed. The pew is neat, too. Jo @ Let’s Face the Music

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  11. Beautiful bench and stories! It was hard for me to decide where to pin your pew, love or home decor<3 Happy Valentine's Day

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  12. Beautiful pew, and a beautiful story to go with it. Thank you for sharing!!

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  13. […] The Church Pew from The Curator’s Collection […]

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  14. brittpenney says:

    Wow! What an amazing story! That is so special that you now get to have the same bench in your home that started so many memories for you! I was going to comment on how I have been looking for a church pew for over a year now but your story makes it that much more special! Thanks for sharing!

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  15. […] & Vicki’s pick: The Church Pew from The Curator’s […]

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  16. repurposingjunkie says:

    Terry, what a beautiful story!! God is so faithful!! I love that you were able to bring home such a meaningful piece of furniture! :)

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  17. […] giving it this beautiful new life?  Church pews are so hard to come by!  I have one similar (click Here to see)and if I ever came across one decently priced I snatch it up right away! She also made the gorgeous […]

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  18. […] The Church Pew from The Curator’s Collection […]

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