"The Prodigal's Daughter?"
(Author Unknown)

6-23-2005 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #345
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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: Rev. Angus Bowen

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Story of the Week
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“The Prodigal's Daughter?”
(Humor – Author Unknown)

The Irish daughter had not been to the house for over 5 years.

Upon her return, her father cussed her; "Where have you been all this time, you ingrate! Why didn't you write us? Not even a line to let us know how you were doing? Why didn't you call? You little tramp! Don't you know what you put your Mum through??!!"

The daughter, crying, replied, "Sniff, sniff... Dad... I became a prostitute..."

"WHAT!!? Out of here, you shameless harlot! Sinner! You're a disgrace to this family - I don't ever want to see you again!"

"OK, Dad - as you wish. I just came back to give Mom this luxury fur coat, title deeds to a ten bedroom mansion, plus a savings account certificate for £5 million. For my little brother, this gold Rolex, and for you Daddy the spanking new Mercedes limited edition convertible that's parked outside plus a lifetime membership to the Country Club...(takes a breath)...an invitation for you all to spend New Years' Eve on board my new yacht in the Riviera, and...."

"Now what was it you said you had become?"

The daughter, crying again, "Sniff, sniff... A prostitute Dad! ... Sniff, sniff?".

"Oh! Be Jesus! - You scared me half to death, girl! I thought you said, a Protestant!". Come here and give your old man a hug!"

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Pastor's Quote of the Week
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        Humor should function as an automatic safety valve to prevent the building up of excessive pressures due to the monotony of sustained and serious self-contemplation in association with the intense struggle for developmental progress and noble achievement. Humor also functions to lessen the shock of the unexpected impact of fact or of truth, rigid unyielding fact and flexible ever-living truth. The mortal personality, never sure as to which will next be encountered, through humor swiftly grasps--sees the point and achieves insight--the unexpected nature of the situation be it fact or be it truth.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-48 Section-4 )

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The Prayer
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Dear God,        
        I know that the percentage of Your individual children who are fully devoted to Money, Power, Control and Judgment… rather than to Love and Service and Brotherhood and Acceptance… I Know that “that” percentage is very small (in more ways than one), So… Why is it that they are so much Louder than all the rest of us?
        Is it that we are unable to Harmonize because the expectations of uniformity of beliefs keep us separated and apart from one another? Does Sectarian Dogma and Fanaticism divide us so much that our Voices cannot sing Your Praises in a Unity of “Ideals” rather than in the discordant and fruitless quest for a unity of “Ideas”? Can we not find Unity in the fact that we each, in our blindness, are “In Touch” with a different and yet connected part of Your Infinite Being? Should not the Eternal Quest for Truth, Beauty, Goodness and Love be enough to Unite rather than divide us?
        Unite us in Your Love dear Creator.

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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