"Your Son is Here"
(originally part of a Sermon By: The Right Reverend C. Robert Townshend, Anglican Bishop of Georgian Bay, Huron Diocese, Ca. [The story was changed somewhat as shared over the Internet])

5-12-99 Story of the Week Seeds from Church Within #31
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Welcome
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Greetings my Dearest Sisters and Brothers, and welcome again to The
Church Within Story of the Week ["SOW Seeds]

This week's SOW Seeds - #31 , contributed by: Patije

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Story of the Week
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"Your Son is Here"
(originally part of a Sermon By: The Right Reverend C. Robert Townshend, Anglican Bishop of Georgian Bay, Huron Diocese, Ca. [The story was changed somewhat as shared over the Internet])

The story begins with an overworked nurse who escorted a tired,
young man to her patient's bedside. Leaning over and speaking
loudly to the elderly patient, she said, "Your son is here." With
great effort, his unfocussed eyes opened, then flickered shut again.

The young man squeezed the aged hand in his and sat beside the
bed. Throughout the night he sat there, holding the old man's
hand and whispering words of comfort.

By morning's light, the patient had died. In moments, hospital
staff swarmed into the room to turn off machines and remove
needles. The nurse stepped over to the young man's side and began
to offer sympathy, but he interrupted her. "Who was that man?" he
asked.

The startled nurse replied, "I thought he was your father!"

"No, he was not my father," he answered. "I never saw him before
in my life."

"Then, why didn't you say something when I took you to him?"

"I realized he needed his son and his son wasn't here," the man
explained. "And since he was too sick to recognize that I was not
his son, I knew he needed me."

Mother Teresa used to remind us that nobody should have to die
alone. Similarly, nobody should have to grieve alone or cry alone
either ... Or laugh alone or celebrate alone.

We are made to travel life's journey hand in hand. There is
someone ready to grasp your hand today. And someone hoping you
will take theirs.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,        
        Help me to be aware of Your children who are in need when You bring them into my path. And let me always remember that being there for them in Love and in Service is my Greatest Honor, my most Cherished Privilege, and my most Supreme Joy.
        Thanks God. I knew You'd hear me.

You ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal
Parent,

The Creator's Eternal Love, through me, to all of You,
Pastor Daniel

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