SoCal Man Finds Jesus in His Chair

Lou Balducci sent in this photo. Lou Balducci

Jesus has shown his face in many inanimate objects over the years.

Classics include grilled-cheese Jesus, piece-of-plaster Jesus, X-ray Jesus, Google Jesus, MRI Jesus and the granddaddy of them all, the Shroud of Turin.

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There are even websites dedicated the phenomenon (the most comprehensive, of course, being "Stuff That Looks Like Jesus").

Well now there's a new addition to that family -- Chair Jesus.

Lou Balducci of Mission Viejo sent NBCLA photos of a wooden rocking chair he was planning on throwing away.

"Last week, I noticed this image of Jesus on the chair. I don't know how it got there, but it is clearly an image of Jesus," wrote Balducci in an e-mail.

Balducci says he's not "overly religious," but the appearance of the Messiah has him questioning his beliefs.

"When I first saw the image, I didn't know what to think. As I thought about it, I was thinking that maybe it was a sign of some kind. But not being overly religious, I was a little confused," he said.

"We showed it to our housekeeper and she said it was a sign that our house and our family was being blessed. …My in-laws are very religious and also believe that it is a blessing," Balducci said.

Balducci says he's had the chair for more than 10 years and has never noticed the image of Jesus.

"I am not sure what I want to do with it. Right now, I am enjoying having it in my home and showing it to friends and family," Balducci said.