(By: Joseph J. Mazzella)

5-25-2006 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #392

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This week's SOW Seeds Story, contributed by: Patije

Story of the Week
By: Joseph J. Mazzella

I have been doing a lot of walking lately. I have been doing it for the exercise it gives me. I am not talking about bodily exercise, either, although I am sure that my body is much fitter because of it. I have been doing it for the wonderful exercise it gives my soul.

Walking helps me slow down long enough to see that single red leaf laying along the path, to feel the cool breeze on my face, to watch the glorious sunlight turn the waves and ripples along the lake near my home into a thousand golden dancers, and to feel the love of God all around me.

It helps me see just how beautiful this world and life are. It makes me want to fill myself with the love, joy, energy, vitality, delight, peace and bliss that God gives us all and share them with the world. This wonderful soul exercise helps me to become the person God meant for me to be and gives me the strength to help others do the same.

Take the time to exercise that soul of yours today. Whether it be by walking, reading, praying, listening to music, talking with friends, playing with children, petting animals, or just sitting quietly, you can bring ever more goodness, light, strength, happiness, joy, love and delight into your soul. Whether it be by smiling, laughing, singing, listening, caring, helping, encouraging, cheering, praising, giving, or simply loving, you can share every bit of your soul's strength, goodness, light and joy with the world.

I don't think God meant for any of us to go through this life with out-of-shape souls. I think God put us here to exercise, grow and expand our souls until they could fill the universe with their love, joy and light. Exercise your soul daily. Fill it with love, joy, goodness and God always. Share its energy, light and love with everyone forever.

Pastor's Quote of the Week
        The great religious teachers and the prophets of past ages were not extreme mystics. They were God-knowing men and women who best served their God by unselfish ministry to their fellow mortals. Jesus often took his apostles away by themselves for short periods to engage in meditation and prayer, but for the most part he kept them in service-contact with the multitudes. The soul of man requires spiritual exercise as well as spiritual nourishment.

(From: The Urantia Book – Paper-91 Section-7)

The Prayer
Dear God,        
        I always wondered why, when I prayed to You to strengthen my Soul, I would find myself in situations where others needed my help. Now I know. Thank You for answering my prayers even though at the time I didn't know that You did.

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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