"Through God's Eyes"
(By Bob Perks - Bob@BobPerks.com)

5-21-03 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #241
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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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"Through God's Eyes"
(By Bob Perks - Bob@BobPerks.com)
 
She was all too little to be so big.  Wise beyond her years, she knew what she knew but didn't know why.  She was wiser than some adults but only enough to remain innocent.
 
Jody loved everyone.
 
Yes, her parents spoke to her about strangers and she listened.  She carefully approached adults she didn't know, but never was afraid to greet a perfect stranger with a big smile and a warm, "Hi there!"
 
"Well, hello," one would say.
 
"It's a beautiful day, isn't it?" Jody would reply.
 
Then before they could respond she'd continue, "That's because you're in it!"
 
Well, that would make you smile even when you didn't want to. 
 
What a compliment.  What a wonderful thing to say to someone.
 
But that was Jody.
 
"What a precious child.  So innocent and sweet.  Too bad she has to grow up and spoil it all," this stranger said to her mother one day.
 
"It will never happen.  She'll be this way forever," Mom replied.
 
"Well, I'm sure you'd like to believe that.  But life has a way of spoiling things.  She sees the world through the eyes of a child, not reality." the woman replied.
 
"Excuse me," Jody interrupted. "May I ask you a question?"
 
"Why yes, sweet child."
 
"Who made you?" Jody asked.  The woman stunned by the question, thought for a moment and said, "God, of course."
 
"Who made me?"
 
Thinking the questioning to be silly child's play the woman replied with a sarcastic "Well, I guess God made you, too."  She then began to laugh. 
 
"Well, my Mommy said that I am a child of God and all of me belongs to Him.  I am blind, so I see the world through God's eyes." 
 
The woman stopped laughing.
 
"I know you must be beautiful because God made you, too," Jody said.
 
Jody's Mom didn't say a word.
 
The stranger nervously stuttered and stumbled over her words as she tried to apologize.
 
"I didn't realize.  I mean...well, I couldn't tell she was..."
 
"Perhaps now you'll understand that Jody will, in fact, always feel this way.  What you might see as a handicap, Jody sees as a gift.  She can never judge another by looks.  She will never know prejudice because of the color of a person's skin.  She will never look down on someone because of the way they are dressed, what they are driving, or how tall or short they are.  She will, however, know who you are by what you say and do," Mom told the woman.
 
"I see what you are saying," Jody said smiling.
 
The stranger stooped down in front of the child and reaching for her hand asked, "Am I still beautiful?"
 
Jody then placed her hand on the woman's face and said, "Through God's eyes."

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The Prayer
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Dear God,        
        Thank You for the tear that this story brought to my eye today. Whenever I am tempted into judgment, let me see through Your Eyes only!

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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