"Strangers"
(by: Chaplain Robinson)

8-22-01 SOW Seeds Service of the Church Within - Story #150
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Welcome
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Greetings my Dearest Sisters and Brothers, and welcome again to Church Within's Story of the Week ["SOW Seeds]

        As of Today, we now have 150 different Spiritual Stories in our “S.O.W. Archives” at our Web-Site that we have shared with you since our first one on October 14th 1998. At present, they are mostly listed by month and year, but starting this past August 1st, I began the task of creating a New Archives page that will eventually list them all by Story Title and Author so it will be easier for you to find the particular story you are looking for. Each new story shared since August 1, 2001 is already (and will be) on the new Archive page (that you can get to from our old archives page)… and as time allows I will continue to transfer the old ones to the New page as well. I hope you will visit it at: http://www.churchwithin.org/awelcome.html
        Also, we would Greatly appreciate it if you would send us any Positive New Stories you might come across (or write)… as our stockpile of unused stories is getting rather low right now and we would like to keep this Story Service Flowing. Thank You!
Please send them to: seewithin@churchwithin.org

This week's SOW Seeds Story, contributed by: Patije

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Story of the Week
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“Strangers”
(by: Chaplain Robinson)

        In 1949, my father had just returned home from the war. On every American highway you could see soldiers in uniform hitchhiking home to their families, as was the custom at that time in America. Sadly, the thrill of his reunion with his family was soon overshadowed. My grandmother became very ill and had to be hospitalized. It was her kidneys, and the doctors told my father that she needed a blood transfusion immediately or she would not live through the night.

        The problem was that Grandmother's blood type was AB-, a very rare type even today, but even harder to get then because there were no blood banks or air flights to ship blood. All the family members were typed, but not one member was a match. So the doctors gave the family no hope; my grandmother was dying.

        My father left the hospital in tears to gather up all the family members, so that everyone would get a chance to tell Grandmother good-bye.

        As my father was driving down the highway, he passed a soldier in uniform hitchhiking home to his family. Deep in grief, my father had no inclination at that moment to do a good deed. Yet it was almost as if something outside himself pulled him to a stop, and he waited as the stranger climbed into the car. My father was too upset to even ask the soldier his name, but the soldier noticed my father's tears right away and inquired about them.

        Through his tears, my father told this total stranger that his mother was lying in a hospital dying because the doctors had been unable to locate her blood type, AB-, and if they did not locate her blood type before nightfall, she would surely die.

        It got very quiet in the car. Then this unidentified soldier extended his hand out to my father, palm up. Resting in the palm of his hand were the dog tags from around his neck. The blood type on the tags was AB-. The soldier told my father to turn the car around and get him to the hospital.

        My grandmother lived until 1996, 47 years later, and to this day no one in our family knows the soldier's name. But my father has often wondered, was he a soldier or an angel in uniform? Sometimes, we never know who God will bring into our lives to carry out a special mission nor do we know whose lives God will have us touch.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,        
        Help me to recognize when You have placed me in the Right Place at the Right Time to be in Loving Service to You and Your Children.

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

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

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