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#958
3-1-2015
#959
3-8-2015
#960
3-15-2015
#961
3-22-2015

3-1-2015 Sunday Service of the Church Within #958
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Today's Service is offered by: Pastor Daniel J. Megow

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Humor of the Week
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Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks.
~Doug Larson

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Welcome by: Pastor Daniel
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Greetings my Beloved Sisters and Brothers, and welcome once again to the Church that is Within. You are the Temple. You are the Congregation. Any and All Truth is the Gospel. The Divine Spirit within you is your True Minister.

So... What's it all about?

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #958, is Love…

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Quotes
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(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-174 Section-4)
“There is but one commandment, and that one is the greatest of all, and that commandment is: `Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength.' This is the first and great commandment. And the second commandment is like this first; indeed, it springs directly therefrom, and it is: `You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these; on these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-159 Section-2)
“I tell you that, even when a cup of cold water is given to a thirsty soul, the Father's messengers shall ever make record of such a service of love”

(From: The RSV Bible - John I 3:17-20 )
But if any one has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or speech but in deed and in truth. By this we shall know that we are of the truth, and reassure our hearts before him whenever our hearts condemn us; for God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-117 Section-6)
All true love is from God, and man receives the divine affection as he himself bestows this love upon his fellows. Love is dynamic. It can never be captured; it is alive, free, thrilling, and always moving. Man can never take the love of the Father and imprison it within his heart. The Father's love can become real to mortal man only by passing through that man's personality as he in turn bestows this love upon his fellows.

(From: The NASB Bible - John 13:34 )
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-100 Section-4)
Jesus loved men so much because he placed such a high value upon them. You can best discover values in your associates by discovering their motivation. If some one irritates you, causes feelings of resentment, you should sympathetically seek to discern his viewpoint, his reasons for such objectionable conduct. If once you understand your neighbor, you will become tolerant, and this tolerance will grow into friendship and ripen into love.

(From: The RSV Bible - Peter I 1:22 )
Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart, for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God.

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-157 Section-2)
“And when the feelings of service for your fellow men arise within your soul, do not stifle them; when the emotions of love for your neighbor well up within your heart, give expression to such urges of affection in intelligent ministry to the real needs of your fellows.”

(From: The RSV Bible - Corinthians I 13:1-13 )
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends; as for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For our knowledge is imperfect and our prophecy is imperfect; but when the perfect comes, the imperfect will pass away.
When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall understand fully, even as I have been fully understood.
So faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-100 Section-4)
Love is infectious, and when human devotion is intelligent and wise, love is more catching than hate. But only genuine and unselfish love is truly contagious. If each mortal could only become a focus of dynamic affection, this benign virus of love would soon pervade the sentimental emotion-stream of humanity to such an extent that all civilization would be encompassed by love, and that would be the realization of the brotherhood of man.

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The Sermon
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Love God, Love One Another and... Be the Person that you would want to Love.

That about covers it for today... any Questions?

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Help me to be a better emissary of Your Love.

You ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal Parent,

The Creator's Infinite Love to all of You,
Pastor Daniel

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3-8-2015 Sunday Service of the Church Within #959
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Today's Service is offered by: Pastor Daniel J. Megow

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Humor of the Week
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Four monks decided to meditate silently without speaking for two weeks. By nightfall on the first day, the candle began to flicker and then went out. The first monk said, "Oh, no! The candle is out." The second monk said, "Aren't we not suppose to talk?" The third monk said, "Why must you two break the silence?" The fourth monk laughed and said, "Ha! I'm the only one who didn't speak."

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Welcome by: Pastor Daniel
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Greetings my Beloved Sisters and Brothers, and welcome once again to the Church that is Within. You are the Temple. You are the Congregation. Any and All Truth is the Gospel. The Divine Spirit within you is your True Minister.

A Lot of tings we do without paying much attention to them. Better it would be if we did them...

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #959, is Purposefully…

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Quotes
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(From: A Zen Story)

A master of the tea ceremony in old Japan once accidentally slighted a soldier. He quickly apologized, but the rather impetuous soldier demanded that the matter be settled in a sword duel. The tea master, who had no experience with swords, asked the advice of a fellow Zen master who did possess such skill. As he was served by his friend, the Zen swordsman could not help but notice how the tea master performed his art with perfect concentration and tranquility. "Tomorrow," the Zen swordsman said, "when you duel the soldier, hold your weapon above your head, as if ready to strike, and face him with the same concentration and tranquility with which you perform the tea ceremony."
The next day, at the appointed time and place for the duel, the tea master followed this advice. The soldier, readying himself to strike, stared for a long time into the fully attentive but calm face of the tea master. Finally, the soldier lowered his sword, apologized for his arrogance, and left without a blow being struck.

(From: Don Schneider )
"Art is a way for human beings to be creative, to do things purposefully."

(From: Brian Tracy )
“When you engage in systematic, purposeful action, using and stretching your abilities to the maximum, you cannot help but feel positive and confident about yourself.”

(From: Dolly Parton )
Find out who you are and do it on purpose.

(From: William Arthur Ward )
“Four steps to achievement: Plan purposefully. Prepare prayerfully. Proceed positively. Pursue persistently.”

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-103 Section-4)
God the Father deals with man his child on the basis, not of actual virtue or worthiness, but in recognition of the child's motivation--the creature purpose and intent. The relationship is one of parent-child association and is actuated by divine love.

(From: Abraham 9/25/06 – the Woods Cross TeaM)
The most that we can each do for this time is to live purposefully as individuals, who are in favor of Father's ultimate good.

(From: Ham 3/13/94 – the Nashville TeaM)
A human who has guidance knows that his hardships are purposefully experienced and he knows that he will triumph over them eventually. So that when he experiences similar hardships again, he easily surmounts them and carries on.

(From: Marcus Aurelius, Meditations )
All of us are working together for the same end; some of us knowingly and purposefully, others unconsciously.

(From: Gary Ryan Blair )
“When one begins to purposefully perform acts of kindness, the spirit changes and soon doing good deeds becomes a focal point for our life; doing good begins to be the same as feeling good. The periods of emptiness when we search for the "meaning of it all" begin to fill with acts of kindness.”

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-28 Section-6)
         Service--purposeful service, not slavery--is productive of the highest satisfaction and is expressive of the divinest dignity. Service--more service, increased service, difficult service, adventurous service, and at last divine and perfect service--is the goal of time and the destination of space. But ever will the play cycles of time alternate with the service cycles of progress. And after the service of time there follows the superservice of eternity. During the play of time you should envision the work of eternity, even as you will, during the service of eternity, reminisce the play of time.

(From: Wayne Dyer )
“Everything in the universe has a purpose. Indeed, the invisible intelligence that flows through everything in a purposeful fashion is also flowing through you.”

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The Sermon
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Be Good...
Do Good...
Live Each Moment...
Love...

...Consciously...
...Knowingly...
...Willingly...

...Purposefully!!!

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Help me to focus, to do the best that I can in each and every moment.

You ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal Parent,

The Creator's Infinite Love to all of You,
Pastor Daniel

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3-15-2015 Sunday Service of the Church Within #960
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Today's Service is offered by: Pastor Daniel J. Megow

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Humor of the Week
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A Household Hint: Stop dusting and you can use your coffee table as a message board!

(A Maxineism)

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Welcome by: Pastor Daniel
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Greetings my Beloved Sisters and Brothers, and welcome once again to the Church that is Within. You are the Temple. You are the Congregation. Any and All Truth is the Gospel. The Divine Spirit within you is your True Minister.

I've been wondering for a very long time... What would be God's most Important Lesson for us to learn in this life?? Perhaps it is indicated by the thing that Every Single Human Being must Constantly and Unavoidably contend with/cope with/manage, not only every Day of their life but pretty much every Moment of their life! You might say survival, but sometimes you get a break from Survival Mode. Many would say the “P” word, OK... Patience, I said it, all right? ;-) But no... patience might be really important, agreed, but patience is only but a part, a component of the Bigger Lesson... the Real Lesson... Maybe God's most Important Lesson for us? Alright I will tell you what it is in just a little while, so sit back and relax and enjoy yourself, and While you're...

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #960, is Waiting…

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The Sermon
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What are you Waiting for???

No, I'm not telling you to “get a move on” but rather asking, “What are You Waiting for?”

We're All waiting for Something...

It all started as a newborn. Waiting to be fed, Waiting for changes, Waiting to be held, Waiting to be Loved... The point could be made that we are Always Waiting for those very same things every day of our lives.

The younger we are, the more unbearable the Waiting seems, don't you think? As we age, well... past our 20's anyway, Waiting becomes a little bit more tolerable. Likely it is because we have many more experiences of actually attaining those things that we had once before in fact been Waiting for. When younger we seem to be Waiting mostly for newer more exciting things... or for time to pass quicker so we can be doing what we Really want to do! In our later years it seems like we are more frequently Waiting for the aches and pains and suffering to go away so we can be doing what we want to do.

Immaturity tends to get bored while Waiting... while genuine maturity will find ways to get other important things done whilst Waiting. The Majority of us find ourselves somewhere in between those two. Which side do you find yourself closer to?

It is said, and I wholeheartedly Believe it that, “Good things come to he who Waits!” Think about it and then,

Wait for it...

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Quotes
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(From: The Tao Te Ching - #15 )
The ancient Masters were profound and subtle.
Their wisdom was unfathomable.
There is no way to describe it;
all we can describe is their appearance.

They were careful
as someone crossing an iced-over stream.
Alert as a warrior in enemy territory.
Courteous as a guest.
Fluid as melting ice.
Shapeable as a block of wood.
Receptive as a valley.
Clear as a glass of water.

Do you have the patience to wait
till your mud settles and the water is clear?
Can you remain unmoving
till the right action arises by itself?

(From: Kay Ryan )
Who would have guessed it possible that waiting is sustainable. A place with its own harvest.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-67 Section-23)
…years of waiting was a time of heart searching and soul discipline. Such crises in the affairs of a universe demonstrate the tremendous influence of mind as a factor in spiritual choosing. Education, training, and experience are factors in most of the vital decisions of all evolutionary moral creatures. But it is entirely possible for the indwelling spirit to make direct contact with the decision-determining powers of the human personality so as to empower the fully consecrated will of the creature to perform amazing acts of loyal devotion to the will and the way of the Father in Paradise.

(From: Tina Turner (1938 - )
The real power behind whatever success I have now was something I found within myself - something that's in all of us, I think, a little piece of God just waiting to be discovered.

(From: The ASB Bible - Luke 12:36)
"Be like men who are waiting for their master when he returns from the wedding feast, so that they may immediately open the door to him when he comes and knocks.

(From: The Book of Runes -#9 - Defense / Avertive Power / Yew Tree )
Set your house in order, tend to business, be clear, and wait on the Will of Heaven.

(From: Eden Phillpotts )
The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-65 Section-5)
The wise and all-powerful beings who are responsible for universe management undoubtedly know exactly what they are about; and so it becomes Life Carriers and behooves mortal minds to enlist in patient waiting and hearty co-operation with the rule of wisdom, the reign of power, and the march of progress.

(From: Pooh's Little Instruction Book, inspired by A. A. Milne )
You can't stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.

(From: Carl Sagan (1934 - 1996 )
Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.

(From: Jean Houston )
We all have the extraordinary coded within us, waiting to be released.

(From: Jon Paul Anatra )
In every person I see a hero waiting to be born.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-168 Section-4)
Do not hesitate to pray the prayers of spirit longing; doubt not that you shall receive the answer to your petitions. These answers will be on deposit, awaiting your achievement of those future spiritual levels of actual cosmic attainment, on this world or on others, whereon it will become possible for you to recognize and appropriate the long-waiting answers to your earlier but ill-timed petitions.

(From: Elizabeth Taylor (1932 - ), "A Wreath of Roses" )
It is very strange that the years teach us patience - that the shorter our time, the greater our capacity for waiting.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        I will Wait upon Your Will.

You ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal Parent,

The Creator's Infinite Love to all of You,
Pastor Daniel

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3-22-2015 Sunday Service of the Church Within #961
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Today's Service Previously offered by: Minister Judy Girard (9/5/54 – 2/ 1/2011)

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Humor of the Week
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Welcome by: Pastor Daniel
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Greetings my Beloved Sisters and Brothers, and welcome once again to the Church that is Within. You are the Temple. You are the Congregation. Any and All Truth is the Gospel. The Divine Spirit within you is your True Minister.

I was reading some of our past Sunday Services and found this one about Spring that our Beloved Minister Judy Girard (now serving in the Next Life), shared with us back in 1999. It was so good I wanted to share it again today in Memory of her still cherished Love and Friendship...

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #961, is Spring…

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Quotes
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(From NASB Bible Luke 13:6-9)
And He began telling this parable: A man had a fig tree which had been planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and did not find any. And he said to the vineyard-keeper, "Behold, for three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree without finding any. Cut it down! Why does it even use up the ground?" And he answered and said to him, "Let it alone, sir, for this year too, until I dig around it and put in fertilizer; and if it bears fruit next year, fine; but if not, cut it down."

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-151 Section-1)
"A sower went forth to sow, and it came to pass as he sowed that some seed fell by the wayside to be trodden underfoot and devoured by the birds of heaven. Other seed fell upon the rocky places where there was little earth, and immediately it sprang up because there was no depth to the soil, but as soon as the sun shone, it withered because it had no root whereby to secure moisture. Other seed fell among the thorns, and as the thorns grew up, it was choked so that it yielded no grain. Still other seed fell upon good ground and, growing, yielded, some thirtyfold, some sixtyfold, and some a hundredfold." And when he had finished speaking this parable, he said to the multitude, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear "

(Childhood Rhyme)
Mary, Mary, quite contrary. How does your garden grow?

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The Sermon
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For those of us who live in the northern hemisphere, springtime is approaching. The time for longer days and warmer temperatures and gardens to prepare. The greening rebirth of creation is beginning. Spring is a season of growth. What kind of garden do you have? Not just the one outside, but your internal garden? The garden of your soul?

In the garden of your soul, are the trees rich with fruit or are they barren? Does the overwork of your jobs, social calendars and other secular activities, school events, or endless rounds of meaningless TV take its toll? Take time to take stock of your garden and make sure that your trees and foliage aren't barren from neglect.

After a long winter, the earth's hard crust can prevent the moisture of Spring rains from soaking into the soil. Likewise, our relationships with others and with God can become crusted over by the tamp, tamp, tamping of routine and the passage of time. Literally packed down and hardened. Knowing this, the gardener of Jesus' parable story proposed hoeing around the barren fig tree to break up the hard crust, so that it might bear fruit.

What hardens the ground in the soil of our gardens? What prevents our inner lives from breathing freely? Is it routine? Is it repetition? Perhaps it is pain caused by disappointment or rejection. Broken relationships? Promises made and not kept? Betrayals? In any event, how about gently hoeing around the plants of those things which have hardened us? What about carefully introducing some new ways of communicating, or new routines or a new prayer form to soften that crusted shell? How about trusting someone just a little? Or standing with someone and allowing yourself to be trusted?

And what about seeds? What seeds do we plant daily? Are they seeds of appreciation, success, growth, happiness, love and justice? Or are they seeds of defeat, despair, hopelessness and selfishness? Remember: "So you shall sow, you shall reap."

Besides breaking the crust of your soil, hoes are useful for removing weeds. Weeds are the enemies of healthy plants. They drink up the water needed for growth and survival. They block out the sunshine and choke out good plants. Our own symbolic hoes are tools for removing the weeds that choke out young fledgling plants. Good intentions, resolutions, new habits or the changing of old ones. Unlike a spade, a hoe, used correctly, doesn't injure young plants in the process of removing the weeds. Hoes are for turning over the soil of our soul gardens, for reworking the soil of our marriages, professions, friendships, and other relationships.

Who or what is a hoe in your life? Take a moment to reflect on that a bit. If no one or nothing comes to mind, perhaps it is time to be more willing to allow that to happen.

Any good gardener will tell you that good soil is essential to a good garden Good soil, rich in nutrients, not too wet or too dry is also essential for growing the life of relationships and love. Hoeing is good to loosen the soil to allow nutrients to work and be absorbed into the soil. Breaking up the packed soil to allow the life-giving oxygen to work its way in.

And what about fertilizer? There is generally no lack of "manure" in our lives with which to cultivate the soil of our souls. Nothing is so rich a fertilizer as "crap." All those foul smelling realities like failure, sickness, death, disappointment, inadequacies, broken relationships, ill-informed choices. Embrace the fertilizer in your life; the decomposed past and the fresh unpleasant things in your life. Make your soul soil rich and bountiful! You can choose to use these things as fertilizer, you know.

And then there's the deceptive wildflowers. Some weeds, we have the tendency to view as wildflowers. Think of the flower referred to as "Johnny jump-ups," or miniature pansies. They truly can be beautiful. Have you seen them? They can take over an entire yard! Sometimes they are referred to as wildflowers when in actuality they are weeds. The point? We can easily practice self-deceit by sparing wildflowers in our garden that are really vices. Really, weeds in disguise waiting to overtake the garden. The following is a list of common weeds that are often re-named as wildflowers.

1. The weed of selfishness can be named "looking out for number one." In our society we have come to value that standard highly. After all, if I don't look out for me, who will? How about being so busy looking out after others that we pay little attention to ourselves. Not in an unhealthy, out of balance, co-dependent kind of way, but in a way that makes it so we encourage and support others. So that we are all looking out after one another and relying on our Heavenly parent to provide for us all that we need?

2. The weed of lack of commitment can be re-named "free spirit." Now that's not to say that there's anything wrong with being a free spirit, so long as doing so does not prevent us from making and keeping commitments.

3. The weed of cynicism can be renamed the "wildflower of reality"--"That's just the way it is." It's easy to develop a negative attitude these days. To resign ourselves to a certain reality at the expense of not doing anything to change it.

4 The weed of the absence of prayer can be renamed "liberation from church" or "my work is prayer." Don't forget to take some time each day to give thanks for all we have, to just be still and experience the power of our Creator.

Can you think of other weeds growing in your garden? Maybe disguised as a wildflower? Consider examining you soul garden to find your variety of wildflowers that may be trying to hide from your hoe.

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The Prayer
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Divine Gardener and Loving God,

Help us to see the weeds AND the wildflowers in our garden. Use your holy hoe so that they may be removed gently and lovingly, but firmly. Where there is "crap" allow us to make holy fertilizer so that the soil of lives may be rich and abundant, so that we will truly be the beautiful garden You have created.

God's love and abundant blessings through me to you,

Judy Girard,
Minister
Church Within

You ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal Parent,

The Creator's Infinite Love to all of You,
Pastor Daniel

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