(By Kathy Whirity ©2004)

3-24-2005 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #332

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This week's SOW Seeds Story, contributed by: Patije

Story of the Week
(By Kathy Whirity ©2004)

The church was packed for the Easter Sunday sermon that Reverend Pat Henry was about to deliver. It has been said that Rev. Pat has the gift to heal the sick through prayer.

Many years ago, I was in the hospital recuperating from abdominal surgery and experiencing great pain in the process. With the laying of the hands, Rev. Pat prayed over me, and when he left my hospital room that afternoon, I remember feeling a calmness wash over me I'd never felt before.

So there I was, years later, fully recuperated and healthy, surrounded by the beauty of Easter lilies, but feeling a bit depleted in spirit. As a writer, my creative confidence was
on the wane. I hadn't written anything fulfilling in weeks, which left a jumble of mismatched stirrings that had no focus, only a source of frustration, as I'd sit down to a blank computer screen.

When Rev. Pat finished reading the Gospel that Easter Sunday morning, he stepped away from the podium and walked toward the center aisle of church. With out-stretched arms, he faced the standing-room-only crowd of church goers and simply said: "BLOSSOM WHERE YOU ARE." He then bowed his head for a moment and returned to the altar.

There was no lengthy sermon, just four little words that spoke volumes to my depressed outlook. And in that moment, I realized God had done it again!

Whenever I doubt myself, as I did that morning, I ask God for a sign, and He never disappoints in sending me a message that lifts me up and keeps me going. It was then that I was reminded just how blessed I truly am.

Thanks to His gentle nudging, I have persevered in my writing career, even though there are times I still imagine my mentors fulfilling every moment of their lives with a wealth of creativity.

God has given me a gift, blessing me with a love for words and a venue to share what's in my heart. And when I doubt my abilities, He finds a way to reach my heart and touch my soul, as He did with the soft spoken Reverend whose healing came with the words to lift my sagging spirit.

We cannot look to others to define ourselves. We all possess the rays of hope and potential that cause our own personal stars to shine. How brightly they shine is up to us.

The Lord chose the day we celebrate Jesus' rising from the dead to compel me to rise above my own stale set of circumstances that were weighing me down.

"BLOSSOM WHERE YOU ARE!" Those words of wisdom give me reason to look in the mirror each morning and thank God for His constant guidance and for His unending patience to help me not only accept the person I am, but to strive to be the best of who I've yet to become, so I may fully appreciate the person I'm meant to be.

Pastor's Quote of the Week
To become mature is to live more intensely in the present, at the same time escaping from the limitations of the present. The plans of maturity, founded on past experience, are coming into being in the present in such manner as to enhance the values of the future.
(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-118 Section-1)

The Prayer
Dear God,        
        You are the Source of all of my Blossoming.

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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