"The Gift That Keeps On Returning"
(By Joseph J. Mazzella)

5-5-2005 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #338
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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: Patije

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Story of the Week
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The Gift That Keeps On Returning
(By Joseph J. Mazzella)

I have a gift I just can't seem to give away. Every time I try to give it to someone, I get it returned.

I gave it to my Dad the other day, and he gave it right back. I tried to give it to both of my sons and daughter this morning, but they wouldn't keep it either. They gave it back to me almost immediately. I tried to pass it on to a few friends I saw when I took my children to school, but they refused to accept it and passed it back to me again.

Later on, I saw my neighbor and offered it to her. She gave it back even quicker than everyone else. Finally I even decided to try to give it to all the strangers I passed on the street and in the stores. A few of them looked like they might take it without passing it back to me, but in the end, every single person returned it.

I looked at it in the mirror this afternoon, wondering what was wrong with it and why no one would keep it. It seemed like such a beautiful, wonderful, joyous and God-given gift. In the end, I guessed that a gift this good couldn't be hoarded and had to keep traveling on from heart to heart and soul to soul. It was no wonder that I kept getting my smile returned every time I tried to give it away.

I hope all of you give your smile away today. Don't be surprised if you find it returned to you again and again. A gift of such beauty, joy, peace, love and delight is a gift from God, and it travels back and forth, connecting hearts, souls, minds and lives.

It is a simple gift that takes so little effort, yet brings such goodness to this world. Its value is beyond compare. It enriches the lives of those who receive it and also the lives of those who give it away. It is the gift that keeps on returning and the gift that blesses us all our lives long.

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Pastor's Quote of the Week
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Smile, it is the key that fits the lock of everybody's heart.

(From: Anthony J. D'Angelo)

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The Prayer
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Dear God,        
        You encourage us when we fall. How You must smile when we get back up! Thank You for being our Loving Parent.

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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