"Watch The Children"
(By Joseph J. Mazzella)

5-19-2005 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #340
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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”].

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Story of the Week
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"WATCH THE CHILDREN"
(By Joseph J. Mazzella)

I just love weekday afternoons in May. It is during this special time that I get to see one of the most wonderful sights in the world. A sight that teaches me again and again about what life truly is all about.

I get to see it mainly when I go pick up my youngest son from school. I even hear it as I get out of my car. Its musical and magical sound floats happily through the air from the playground, just off the preschool building. It's the sound of children at play.

Each day, just before I pick up my boy, I take in this glorious and happy sight of the preschool children having one last recess before they go home. Many of the parents are there as well, smiling as they watch the special joy that their children are creating.

I look on, as one happy boy swings and calls out for his teacher to watch. I see two smiling girls skip, laugh and gather handfuls of dandelions to give their Moms. I watch, as two boys ride the rocking horses with all the energy and delight their little hearts can muster. I smile upon seeing a girl hanging upside down from the miniature monkey bars and giggling at the whole world.

As I get my own son, he too runs for the swing set for one last ride before we head home. He may have the body of a 12-year-old, but he still has the bliss of a child's heart, mind and soul.

These beautiful children remind me everyday that life truly is about joy, laughter and love. Anything else is just details.

We may all have to go to our jobs, clean our homes, raise our families, and take care of all the tasks in life. Still, there is no reason we can't do all these things with love, laughter
and joy.

In fact, the only thing we should take seriously in this life is the love and joy we choose and share. It makes life worth living and it's God's greatest gift to us all.

Cherish that gift, rejoice in it, share it with the world. And if you don't think you can remember how to do it, stop by a playground one day, and watch the children.

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Pastor's Quote of the Week
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I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean lay all undiscovered before me.

(From: Sir Isaac Newton )

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The Prayer
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Dear God,        
        Help us to once again “become as little children.”

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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