"Window of Opportunity"
(By Jeanne Getz Pallos - Source: Signs of the Times)

7-7-2005 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #347
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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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Window of Opportunity
(By Jeanne Getz Pallos - Source: Signs of the Times)

"What window needs fixing?" the repairman snapped as beads of sweat rolled off his forehead. It was a hot, humid August day, and the last thing I needed was a grouchy repairman.

"Before I show you," I said, "let me clarify what I'd like to have done. I spoke to your supervisor, and she said you would inspect all my windows while you are here."

"Look, lady, I drove around for two hours trying to find your house. Now I'm way behind schedule. I don't care what the main office told you, I don't have time to inspect all your windows."

"But I've been waiting months for your company to send a repairman," I said. "These windows are brand new, and some of them are scratched. I specifically asked to have a repairman look at all the new windows."

"Well, I ain't gonna do it, lady," he huffed. "Now, show me the window I came to fix."

"Fine," I thought to myself, as I showed him the broken window, "I'll fix you! After you leave, I'm going to write a scathing letter to your supervisor. Maybe you'll even lose your job. Good riddance! Who needs rude people like you to deal with?"

Just then something inside my head seemed to say, "Jeanne, what do you think this man needs?"

"I don't know, and I don't care," I answered.

"Give him something to drink," the voice seemed to say. "It's hot. He got lost coming to your house. He's frustrated and tired. Offer him a pitcher of ice water."

"I'll give him some water, but I'm still going to write that letter," I responded. Pushing aside my ruffled feathers, I went to the house and filled a pitcher with water and ice.

"Would you like some ice water?" I asked, handing him a glass and the pitcher of water. I would have preferred to pour it over his head.

"Yeah, thanks," he said as he gulped the water down.

"Now, ask him if he'd like you to pick up some fast food for him when you run to the store," the voice inside my head seemed to say. "He probably hasn't had time to eat."

"That's a little too much," I protested. But, reluctantly, I responded to the voice.

"I have to return this video to the store and will be gone for just a few minutes," I told the repairman. "Can I get you anything to eat while I'm out? There's a McDonald's where I'm going."

"Lady, you're a real lifesaver," the man said. "Here, meet my son. He's helping me today. We're so far behind on our schedule that we haven't had time to eat." Then, reaching into his pocket for some money, he told me what he and his son wanted.

When I returned, the father and son stopped working and devoured the food I had brought them. I went about my work. A few minutes after they had finished eating, they completed the repair of the window. "Now, lady," the rough-looking repairman said, "what windows did you want me to look at?"

After inspecting all my windows, he said, "By the way, here's my business card. If you ever have any problems with your windows, you call me personally." He left with a smile on his face.

As I walked into my house, the voice seemed to say, "Do you still want to write that letter?"

"No," I thought. And in that moment, I knew it was the Lord who had prompted me to show kindness when I wanted revenge. "Thank You, Lord," I prayed, "for giving me this window of opportunity to make a difference in someone's life."

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Pastor's Quote of the Week
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If you don't find God in the next person you meet, it is a waste of time looking for him further.

(Gandhi)

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The Prayer
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Dear God,        
        Show me Truth, facts are useless if not harmful without it.

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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