"When God Created Fathers"
(By Erma Bombeck)

6-29-2006 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #397
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S.O.W. Archive Updates

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Here is the next installment of Updates from what Our Friend Ree sent us. I'll continue to update a few a week here until I get through them all. (It takes me a fair amount of time updating the various web-site pages that are associated with each story… that is why I must do these but a few at a time) These three were archived as “Author Unknown” and with incorrect titles:

S.O.W. #218 formerly titled: 'Two Babies in a Manger' and Author Unknown is actually titled: “Russian Christmas Story” and was written by: Will Fish.

S.O.W. #321 was titled 'The Missing Jesus' with 'Author Unknown' and is correctly titled: “Who's Missing Jesus?” Based upon a true inspirational story which happened in 1941 - © 2001 by: Jean Geitzen and Published by Praize Books.

S.O.W. #359 formerly titled: 'Great Story' and Author Unknown is properly called: “Katrina Winners” - As Told by Mike Dowdy - Hartselle, Alabama.

Thanks Ree!!

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: Patije

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Story of the Week
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When God Created Fathers
(By Erma Bombeck)

When the good Lord was creating Fathers... He started with a tall frame.

An angel nearby said, "What kind of Father is that? If you're going to make children so close to the ground, why have you put the Fathers up so high? He won't be able to shoot a marble without kneeling, play pretend drinking tea, tuck a child in bed without bending, or even kiss a child without a lot of stooping."

God smiled and said, "Yes, but if I make him child-size, who would children have to look up to?"

And when God made a Father's hands, they were large.

The angel shook her head sadly and said, "Do you know what you are doing? Large hands are clumsy. They can't manage diaper pins, small buttons, rubber bands on pony tails, or even remove splinters caused by baseball bats."

Again God smiled and said, "I know, but they're large enough to hold everything a small boy empties from his pockets, all his daughter's paper dolls, jump rope, yet small enough to cup a child's face in his hands."

Then God molded long slim legs and broad shoulders.

The angel nearly had a heart attack. "Do you realize you just made a Father without a lap? How is he going to pull a child close to him without the kid falling between his legs?"

God smiled and said, "A Mother needs a lap. A Father needs strong shoulders to pull a wagon, to balance a child on a bicycle, or to hold a sleepy head on the way home from the circus."

When God was in the middle of creating two of the largest feet anyone had ever seen, the angel giggled and could not contain herself any longer. "That's not fair. Do you honestly think those large boats are going to get out of bed early in the morning when the baby cries? Or walk through a birthday party without crushing one or two of the guests?"

Again God smiled and said, "It will work, you'll see. It will support a small child who wants to ride a horse to Banbury Cross, or scare mice away from a summer cabin, or walk in shoes that will be a challenge to fill."

God worked throughout the night, giving the Father few words, but a firm authoritative voice; eyes that could see everything, yet remain calm and tolerant.

Finally, almost as an afterthought, He added tears. Then he turned to the angel and said, "Now are you satisfied that he can love as much as a Mother can?"

The angel said nothing more.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,        
        I sincerely pray that all of humankind may quickly learn to comprehend You more fully and especially… more Truly. Please???

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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