He took away the treasures of the house of the LORD and the treasures of the king’s house. He took away everything. He also took away all the shields of gold that Solomon had made, and King Rehoboam made in their place shields of bronze, and committed them to the hands of the officers of the guard, who kept the door of the king’s house. And as often as the king went into the house of the LORD, the guard carried them and brought them back to the guardroom.

1 Kings 14:26-28 ESV

This verse reminds me of days back in my old church moving the chairs around the sanctuary was a common occurrence. Usually done by the men, or to train boys to be men.

And as often as there is an event, celebration, wedding, service, in the house of the Lord, the men carried them chairs and arranged them back to the wall. <⁠(⁠ ̄⁠︶⁠ ̄⁠)⁠>

Chair duty after a while seems expected. And at the person-in-charge’s whim. It can occur too in the middle of the service when the sermon ends and the end part of the service is praise and dance.

The chairs that I grew up stacking were of lower quality. Hollow legs and less dense cushions make the chair light. But they rusted easily and bend if thrown around accidentally. Boys being boys we try to outdo the other by seeing how much of a stack we can hercules around. 3 is child’s play. 5 gets you a nod. 10 will wow the girls (if they were around).

Then comes the big move to a new location. New location, new chairs. Similar middle red color but this time the legs and frame felt more dense. Moving more than 5 is already a feat in itself. By the time I switch church, they have then used technology to move stack of 10 chairs around aka trolley. Why they didn’t intro it in the first place one would never know.

Can you imagine my relief when I switch to SIBKL and found out they nut and bolt down the whole sanctuary’s chairs to the floor? Only overflow would they use those famous plastic chairs in front of the front. Whew!

Maelodee standing in front of the said chairs

Could you imagine the guards who had to carry the bronze shields back and forth every time the king visited the house of the Lord. Like nothing to do meh. Anyways it’s been 2 decades since I last lifted a stack of chairs. Time for the younger generation to flex their muscles instead. Whew!