"Wanting God"
(A Zen Story)

1-28-03 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #277
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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”].

It's been a while since we had a Zen Story here for the Story of the Week. Here's one of my Favorites!

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

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Story of the Week
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Wanting God
(A Zen Story)

A hermit was meditating by a river when a young man interrupted him. "Master, I wish to become your disciple," said the man. "Why?" replied the hermit. The young man thought for a moment. "Because I want to find God."

The master jumped up, grabbed him by the scruff of his neck, dragged him into the river, and plunged his head under water. After holding him there for a minute, with him kicking and struggling to free himself, the master finally pulled him up out of the river. The young man coughed up water and gasped to get his breath. When he eventually quieted down, the master spoke. "Tell me, what did you want most of all when you were under water."

"Air!" answered the man.

"Very well," said the master. "Go home and come back to me when you want God as much as you just wanted air."

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The Prayer
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Dear God,        
        Thank You for ALL of Your Lessons of Wisdom.

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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