""Look you're a star already""
(©2005 by Bob Perks)

2-2-2006 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #376
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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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"Look you're a star already"
(©2005 by Bob Perks)
 
"It's the brightest one, Daddy.  Isn't it?"  The young boy asked.  And with a supportive pat on his son's head, Daddy said, "It would have to be that bright to be my son's star."
 
He carried on the tradition that had been handed down for generations.  His Daddy had done the same thing for him when he was small.  They call it the "Future Star." 
 
"Everyone needs something to shoot for.  Why not reach for the stars?" he explained.
 
This man believed in the power of that star as much as his son.   Reflecting back on the day he discovered his "Future Star" he told his son, "From the moment your Grandfather pointed my star out, my whole life had changed."
 
"How Daddy?" the young boy asked.
 
"I stopped looking down.  I couldn't wait until the evening just so I could find it again.  The moment I spotted it I new everything was going to be alright.  No matter what was wrong, that star gave me peace in my heart," he said.
 
"Does it really have power Daddy?  I mean can I break iron with it?" the child asked.
 
"No.  It's not the kind of power that makes you big and strong like Superman. 
 It's the power that makes you a superhero of your own life.  It's knowledge. It's belief.  It's a good feeling that you have knowing that you can accomplish anything you put your mind to if you only believe you can.  And work very hard for it, of course." 
 
"Why do we call it "Future Star?"
 
"Because believing in it, working for it, trusting yourself and your talents, one day you will be a bright and shining star."
 
"You mean up there in Heaven?"
 
"Well, at first right here on Earth.  Sailors have been guided by the stars for centuries.  Poets and writers have written about them.  Singers have sung about them.  Dreamers and those in love have spent hours just watching them.  That's how important they are."
 
"What about when it's cloudy, Daddy?  I can't see it then."
 
"Well, my son that's what believing is all about.  You don't have to see it to know it's always there."
 
The young child sat for a moment.  Dad was all aglow.  This was a moment to remember for a lifetime.  He was reflecting back on the day when his Father told him the same story. 
 
"You can't find a moment better than this!" he said out loud.
 
Then suddenly his young son stopped. 
 
"Daddy.  Don't be mad at me," the boy said.
 
"Son, why would I be mad at you?" the father asked.
 
"Because I don't need the Future Star," the child said quietly.
 
"What?  Didn't you hear what I said?"
 
"Yes, Daddy, I did.  You said all I needed to do was trust in it, believe in it and it will make me the superhero of my own life.  It's always there no matter what.  Even if I can't see it.," the child said trembling.
 
"That's right, son.  Why are you shaking?  There's no need to be afraid."
 
"Daddy, I don't need the star...because...because." he turned, grabbed both of his Daddy's hands.  Then looking up he said, "Daddy that's what God is for."
 
"Ah son." Daddy said as he knelt down in front of him.  Then holding his small face in his hands, he kissed him.  Tears of pride welled up in his eyes as he said, "Oh my.  Look.  You're a star already."
 
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Pastor's Quote of the Week
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Man is his own star and the soul that can render an honest and perfect man commands all light, all influence, all fate.

(From: John Fletcher (1579 - 1625)

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The Prayer
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Dear God,        
        I agree with the little boy in the story.

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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