"Into the light"
(© 2005 By Bob Perks)

10-27-2005 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #363
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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: Bob Perks

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Story of the Week
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"Into the light"
(© 2005 By Bob Perks)

It happens every year. As we begin autumn the sun appears on the horizon a little differently.

It reminds me of a small child struggling to get your attention. Scampering around in front of you tugging, pulling, whining a bit because you won't look, the child just won't give up until you give in.

"What do you want?" you ask. "Can't you see I'm busy right now?"

Then you look. Your heart melts. You stop to listen.

So it is with the sun.

I began to notice when in late afternoon the sun beamed through the window in the kitchen of my home. By chance we were having a late lunch or early dinner and the light was right in my wife's face.

"Do you want to sit here?" I asked.

"No, it feels good," she replied. "It will be winter soon so let the sun shine!"

The next day, heading out early, I took the expressway. Early morning traffic here makes me think I am living in the big city. The slightest thing will cause a backup. Looking ahead I see a sudden surge of brake lights.

"There must be an accident," I say to myself.

Just as I approach a slight curve in the road expecting to find a fender bender, I found there was nothing. Nothing but the sun.

"That's right! It's that time of the year," I said smiling. The sun in early autumn rises to meet that part of the expressway. Drivers unaware find themselves suddenly blinded.
Brake lights flashing, people angered by the inconvenience can be seen pounding their steering wheel, while partially blocking out the sun with their hands.

"What do you want?" I ask the sun. "Can't you see I'm busy right now?"
As I exit the curve I look to my right and see a most incredible sun rising over the mountain. Like the child, it finally had my attention.

"You are beautiful!" I yell out loud. "Thanks, you got my attention."

Over the next few weeks that same scene will be repeated again and again. It isn't the sun, it's the glare on the dirty windows that causes the problem. If everyone would just clear their windshields we wouldn't have this problem each morning.

We could then appreciate the sun more. We could all enjoy the moment together.
How odd. We fear the darkness because we cannot see and curse the light that shows us the way because we are not prepared for it.

Like the man who is burdened by the path he walks blames his worn out shoes but continues on the journey still.

He won't acknowledge the choices he has. He'd rather bemoan his existence than make logical changes.

Either change your shoes or take an easier path paved smooth by others before you.
If you are to journey into the light clean the view so that you can clearly see the beauty of the sun.

When the journey through life becomes difficult it either means you have bravely taken a path less traveled or you are totally unprepared.

May your shoes be well soled and your view clean and bright.

May you journey from darkness and "into the light."

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The Prayer
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Dear God,        
        I pray that I am on the Path Less Traveled.

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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