"Merging"
(By Bob Perks - Bob@BobPerks.com)

4-17-03 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #236
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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: Bob Perks

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

"There's the answer to the world's problems," my friend said to me.

"Merging!"

Forgive me if this sounds smug. I don't mean it to be. But one look at my friend and you really wouldn't expect him to be the smartest man around. You need to remind him to eat. If you don't write things down for him, he forgets. In fact, you might figure tying his shoes would be one of his greatest accomplishments.

It's not his long hair. Hey, I came from the 60's. Long hair was a fact of life.

It's not his outdated ties and black rim glasses either. It gives him that "creative" or "super intelligent look."

It's the things he says sometimes that only makes sense to him.

Like the time he said, "If everyone stepped on the gas at the same time when the light changed, we wouldn't sit here so long waiting to catch up."

Okay, that made sense to me. I hate traffic, too.

But today he really came up with what I would think is the true underlying problem facing the world today.

We were headed toward the mall and at every on ramp, traffic slowed to a crawl. Brake lights flashed ahead of us like warning beacons screaming, "Here's the problem with the world!"

"People don't know how to merge!" he said.

"Yes, there are some poor drivers out there," I replied.

"No, that's it. That's what's wrong with the world. People don't know how to merge!" he said laughing and pounding his fist.

"What are you saying?"

"Look at them. Two roads come together and no one knows what to do. One plows ahead as if the world should make way for him. Another pulls onto the highway at such a slow speed, like throwing an anchor in a fast flowing creek. Let the traffic go around me," he said.

"But what's that got to do with the world?" I asked.

"Our paths cross all around the world. No one knows how to merge, how to fit in, how to permit another to join the same journey you are on. Instead of welcoming the company on this life journey we want everyone to stay on their own paths, stay out of our way," he said as he studied the faces of the drivers passing us by.

"Merging in life requires us to blend, to permit others to fit into our plans. Merging in life demands that we welcome fellow travelers, learn from them and in doing so become more from the experience," he said.

Wow! He was right. I couldn't believe he said it.

We really don't know how to merge. We've become aggressive drivers on this life road. Opening up, slowing down, moving over to make room on this journey seems to have much more to offer than trying to forge the road ourselves.

As I we approached the mall entrance I said, "That was simply brilliant! What a great thought," I said.

"Thanks!"

"Oh, by the way, your shoes are untied." I said.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,        
        When I am in Merger with Your Presence, I am the better able to Merge with my brothers and sisters on this world. May I Ever be aware of Your Everpresent Embrace.

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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