"Practice Makes Perfect"
(A Zen Story)

8-14-02 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #201
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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"].

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

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Story of the Week
Practice Makes Perfect
(A Zen Story)

        A dramatic ballad singer studied under a strict teacher who insisted that he rehearse day after day, month after month the same passage from the same song, without being permitted to go any further. Finally, overwhelmed by frustration and despair, the young man ran off to find another profession.
        One night, stopping at an inn, he stumbled upon a recitation contest. Having nothing to lose, he entered the competition and, of course, sang the one passage that he knew so well. When he had finished, the sponsor of the contest highly praised his performance. Despite the student's embarrassed objections, the sponsor refused to believe that he had just heard a beginner perform. "Tell me," the sponsor said, "who is your instructor? He must be a great master."
        The student later became known as the great performer Koshiji.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,        
        I resolve myself to Practice Your Goodness until one day I get it Right.

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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