"A hole in the sky"
(©2006 By Bob Perks)

7-5-2006 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #398
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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.

S.O.W. #103 titled: 'God's Under the Bed' formerly Author Unknown was written by: Kelly Adkins

S.O.W. #112 was titled 'The Seed of Choice' with 'Author Unknown' and is correctly titled: “The Choice” and was written by Max Lacado.

S.O.W. #116 “A Silver Belt” was written by Cheewa James

Thanks again 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: Bob Perks

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Story of the Week
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"A hole in the sky"
(©2006 by Bob Perks - Bob@BobPerks.com)

"I had no idea what I was going to say to her.  She really loved her
grandmother," she said.
 
"It's always difficult to explain death even to an adult, but trying to
tell a child...now that is a challenge," I replied.
 
We stood there quietly watching her play.
 
"So, what did you tell her?" I asked.
 
She shook her head as a gentle smile took the place of a quivering,
mournful look she had when we first said hello.  It was why I felt
obligated to speak with her.  I can never pass up a chance to offer
a few words, even to a stranger, when one appears to have lost
touch with life.
 
"My mother had her way with children.  She was excellent at speaking with them
on their level.  She would always make every effort to physically get down
to speak... "speak with them, not to them," as she would say.
 
"Did your daughter know her grandmother was dying or did this all come as
a shock to everyone?" I asked.
 
"No, this was no surprise.  We all talked about it over the last few months.  Well,
the adults did."
 
She looked down at where we were standing, shuffled her feet nervously
back and forth, then pointed toward where her daughter was playing.
 
I could see tears welling up in her eyes and wanted desperately to hug her.
She had no idea who I was or even why she was telling me all of this.  We were
as God created us to be, human but spiritually connected.  Not at odds, but as one.
 
"So, how did this all unfold? I asked.
 
Still pointing to her daughter she said, "When I sat down after coming home from the
hospital, I called for her to join me.  I just started to speak when she said, "I know Mom."
I was shocked.  I asked her, "you know what?"  She replied, "Grandma is gone."
 
The woman now is smiling through her tears as she continues her story.
 
"She then sat down next to me and said, "Grandma had to go to Heaven because there was
a hole in the sky that needed to be filled.  It was shaped just like her...she told me that when that
day came, just look up in the sky and you'll see me there."
 
We both smiled.  What a wonderful explanation. 
 
"Every morning when she gets up, she runs to the window and waves toward the heavens."
 
We said goodbye and I sat for awhile longer thinking about all of this.
 
First, I believe that the world is like a big puzzle.  You not only fit perfectly into the "you shaped"
piece in God's plan, but without you, the world as God created it would be incomplete.
 
Second, I can relate to the hole in the sky.  I have often times gone looking for something,
someone that I expected to be right where I wanted to find them and felt empty in their
absence. 
 
A measure of how important you are in the scheme of things can easily be understood if you
could possibly see the world without you in it.
 
I want you there, my friend, because there would certainly be a "hole in the sky" without you. 
 

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Pastor's Quote of the Week
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        Peace in this life, survival in death, perfection in the next life, service in eternity--all these are achieved (in spirit) now when the creature personality consents--chooses--to subject the creature will to the Father's will. And already has the Father chosen to make a fragment of himself subject to the will of the creature personality.
        Such a creature choice is not a surrender of will. It is a consecration of will, an expansion of will, a glorification of will, a perfecting of will; and such choosing raises the creature will from the level of temporal significance to that higher estate wherein the personality of the creature son communes with the personality of the spirit Father.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-111 Section-5)

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The Prayer
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Dear God,        
        Those among us who fear death truly do not Know the Real You, Do they.

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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