The Holy Man

6-6-01 SOW Seeds Service of the Church Within - Story #139

Greetings my Dearest Sisters and Brothers, and welcome again to Church Within's Story of the Week ["SOW Seeds]

This is one of my Favorite Zen Stories. I thought it deserved a permanent place in our SOW Seeds archives, so I'm sharing it with you here today (Yes, I realize I have used it before as a Sunday Service quote but… what the heck. I Like it! <G>)

This week's SOW Seeds Story #139, contributed by: Pastor Daniel

Story of the Week

“The Holy Man”
(A Zen Story)

        Word spread across the countryside about the wise Holy Man who lived in a small house atop the mountain. A man from the village decided to make the long and difficult journey to visit him. When he arrived at the house, he saw an old servant inside who greeting him at the door. "I would like to see the wise Holy Man," he said to the servant. The servant smiled and led him inside. As they walked through the house, the man from the village looked eagerly around the house, anticipating his encounter with the Holy Man. Before he knew it, he had been led to the back door and escorted outside. He stopped and turned to the servant, "But I want to see the Holy Man!"

        "You already have," said the old man. "Everyone you may meet in life, even if they appear plain and insignificant... see each of them as a wise Holy Man. If you do this, then whatever problem you brought here today will be solved."

The Prayer
Dear God,        
        Help me to See You within all others.

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

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

Previous Story                       Next Story

Back to the Story of the Week Archive Page

Back to the Story of the Week Main Page

Back to the Church Within Home Page