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

2-9-2005 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #326
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This week's SOW Seeds Story, contributed by: Bob Perks

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Story of the Week
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"Lost"
(©2002 By Bob Perks - Bob@BobPerks.com)

"I believe that little boy's lost!" said one woman.
"Let's go over and talk to him," replied the other.

I could tell immediately, just by the look on his face. I'm sure you've experienced it. I know I have. Not just as a child, but as an adult, too.

I'm not talking about the dumb look we guys get when we have no idea where we are and we won't stop to ask for directions.

I mean that fear, that painful feeling of being all by yourself and you have no idea where you are.

That's what that child looked like.

He stood there frantically looking around for a familiar face. He was on that edge between "everything is fine" and "Oh my God, I'm going to die!"

Just as the two ladies approached him, his Mom appeared. What do you think she did?

She welcomed him with open arms. She hugged him and stroked his hair. She kissed him a hundred times.

It was almost worth getting lost.

I love happy endings.

I thought about the times I felt so lost as an adult. I remembered that empty feeling of abandonment, that dark cloud that engulfed my entire spirit. There was no one there to run up to me. There were no hugs, kisses, or joyful reunions then.

As I walked on about my business, I thought how wonderful it would be to know that those times when I felt lost there was someone who was missing me.

Then it dawned on me.

God.

Yes, God is always there. In those moments I was never alone.

But I am human. I cry out to be heard and spoken to. I reach to be touched. How can I hear God when I need the gentle voice of reason? How can I feel God when I need to be caressed and held close?

I stopped in my tracks. I was stumped. I stood there looking lost and confused. That is until another person passing by stopped.

"Are you alright?" she asked.

"Pardon me?" I said.

"Are you alright? You looked like you needed help. Are you looking for something?"

I smiled a smile of a child of God. Looking at her I said, "I was looking for an answer and you were it."

My friend,

You are the touch of God for those who are lost.

You are the voice of God in times of confusion.

Make the next person you see feel like they've truly been missed. Even if they just walked back into the room and were only gone a few minutes.

Even if they are perfect strangers who seem lost and alone.

Perhaps your touch, your smile, your words will be just what they needed.

"I once was lost, but now I'm found. Was blind, but now I see!"

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Pastor's Quote of the Week (New)
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"You know, Ganid, most human beings are like the lost child. They spend much of their time crying in fear and suffering in sorrow when, in very truth, they are but a short distance from safety and security, even as this child was only a little way from home. And all those who know the way of truth and enjoy the assurance of knowing God should esteem it a privilege, not a duty, to offer guidance to their fellows in their efforts to find the satisfactions of living. Did we not supremely enjoy this ministry of restoring the child to his mother? So do those who lead men to God experience the supreme satisfaction of human service."

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-132 Section-6)

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The Prayer
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Dear God,        
        Make me an instrument of Your Love for those of Your Children who are in need.

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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