"Sixteen Minutes"
(By Bob Perks - Bob@BobPerks.com)

2-26-02 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #229

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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: Bob Perks

Story of the Week
"Sixteen Minutes"
(By Bob Perks - Bob@BobPerks.com)

They were just sixteen minutes from home, these earth born creations of God, when suddenly His hands stretched out to catch them in their unexpected free fall.

They were among the few in the history of man, who climbed high enough into the sky to see God's heavenly work firsthand.

Sixteen minutes from home after sixteen days nearer to heaven than you and I will ever be in our lifetime and we all cried, "No, not again."

Seven men and women whose dreams brought them to the edge of space and beyond. Seven people whose paths crisscrossed until time, fate and circumstance joined them together as a team of explorers for the good of us all.

This sixteen day mission was dedicated to research in physical, life, and space sciences, conducted in approximately eighty separate experiments, comprised of hundreds of samples and tests. The seven astronauts worked twenty four hours a day, in two alternating shifts.

Just sixteen minutes away from the loving arms of family and friends.

Sixteen minutes away from a dream gone full circle.

Just sixteen minutes more and they would have returned safely to earth.

Now seven families grieve for the loss of seven people who were just sixteen minutes away from home.

Sixteen minutes never meant that much to me before. I always saw my life in years and dreamed in numbers much larger than sixteen.

Now, suddenly I see the value in small numbers.

After "sixteen" days "seven" died just "sixteen" minutes from home and the world as "one" mourned the loss.

Next time someone asks, "Do you have a minute?" give it to them. It might mean the world to them.

The Prayer
Dear God,        
        My time is yours. Use it as Your Will sees best.

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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