"A Path Worn Well"
(By Bob Perks - Bob@BobPerks.com)

6-25-03 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #246
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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 - Bob@BobPerks.com

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Story of the Week
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"A Path Worn Well"
By Bob Perks - Bob@BobPerks.com

“I can't believe this!” I said. “It looks like a race track!”

My two dogs, Lucy and Ricky, love to run in our yard. Taking turns, they chase each other in a pattern that has actually worn a path in the grass. You would think I was holding illegal dog races behind my house.

I've tried replacing parts of it with sod.

I've planted grass seed.

I've even stood in the path trying to break the habit or at least create a new run until I can get the grass to grow again.

I was standing there mumbling and groaning about it when a man walked down over the hill. That path is actually listed as a street next to my property, which has never and most likely will never be developed.

“Doing yard work again?” he asked politely.

“Yes, but I'm frustrated. My dogs keep wearing the same path as they run after each other. I've been trying to repair it. “

“Why?” he asked. “It's what they do.”

“I know. What I do is waste my time trying.”

“Do they stay in your yard?”

“Yes.”

“Do you get enjoyment out of watching them run and play?”

“Well, yes I do.”

“Then why would you want to stop them?”

I had no good answer.

“Do you have children?” he asked.

“Yes, two sons who have grown.”

“Do you remember all the marks, all the spills, all the toys not put away when they were younger?”

With those images in mind, I stood there remembering and unresponsive to his question.

“Now, remember how much you missed it all when they grew up and had little time to play. “

“You are right, my friend.”

“As I was telling you this, I'm sure a thousand images flashed through your mind. That was the path that your children had worn through your heart. I'll bet you wouldn't want to fill that in, would you?" he said.

He was right. The path they have taken through my life is permanent.

"Let them run! It is a path worn well!" he said. "Have fun!"

I waited until he reached the road and then ran inside to get them.

"Run Lucy! Go get Ricky!" I said.

I stood watching them running, barking, and yes, I was laughing.

I suddenly appreciated "a path worn well."

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The Prayer
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Dear God,        
        My path to being with You is well worn… but help me to get rid of the weeds that still intrude on it from time to time.

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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