"I'll drop you a line"
(©2002 By: Bob Perks - Bob@BobPerks.com)

6-12-02 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #192
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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"].

Last week I received an e-mail from a Very Nice Lady, the True Author of our S.O.W. Seeds Story #145. We had originally shared the story as "God, are you still awake?" (Author Unknown). The True title of that Excellent Story is, "I'll Do Better Tomorrow, I Promise" and it was Written and Published © By: Maurine Reynolds Adamek from her beautifully illustrated children's book: "I'll Do Better Tomorrow, I Promise." You may visit her site at: www.geocities.com/SoHo/Bistro/6611/ Thank you Maurine!!!

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

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Story of the Week
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"I'll drop you a line"
(© 2002 By Bob Perks Bob@BobPerks.com)
 
He always joked that he'd write to me. 
 
"I'll drop you a line someday," he would say and then laugh.
 
I needed desperately to hear from him.  Perhaps he sent this message.  Some would say it was just coincidence.  But if there's one thing I don't believe in, it's coincidence.
 
I've thought about him often since he left.  I've wished upon a star and prayed upon my knees that somehow I could see him one more time.  Just to say "hello!" or even to have the chance to watch him. 
 
Just watch him?  How odd. 
 
Yes, I never realized that I had been doing it through the years.  But I did.  I know because I catch myself mimicking him.  So I must have noticed the way he held his head, his smile and the way he sat.  It all became a part of me.  How did that happen? 
 
Lately I've been seeing him, too.  Oh, not really him, but reflections of him in the face of a stranger.  Then just the other day I saw his eyes when I looked at my brother.  It really took my breath away, but I couldn't say a word.  I was afraid in doing so he'd go away again.
 
But today he left this note for me.  He knew I could not visit him, although I wanted to.  So instead I found this note that said, "I appreciate what you have done for me.  You are a fine son, Dad"
 
There it was tucked between the pages of my bible.  I got that habit from my Mom.  We had this big old family Bible that was filled with mementos.  Pressed flowers, burial cards, pictures and prayers cut out form magazines she read.   Although mine is not as full, it holds some things I thought were important once and having tucked them away, forgot about them until...until I needed to be reminded again.
 
It's funny how these things work.  Someone had sent me a note and included a reference in the Bible.  It was in that search that I found my father's note to me.
 
Come to think of it I was searching for the words of my Heavenly Father when my father in heaven dropped me a line.
 
"I appreciate what you have done for me.  You are a fine son."
 
It was great hearing from you, Pop!  Thanks for writing.
 
Sure, that's a coincidence.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,        
        Thanks for all You send my way. I Truly appreciate it!

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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