(© Terri McPherson - From: Words from a Simple Heart©)

7-20-2006 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #400

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Greetings my Dearest Sisters and Brothers, and welcome again to Church Within's Story of the Week ["SOW Seeds”].

“L I B!” (Texan for, Well I'll Be. ;-) As of Today, I've been doing these weekly S.O.W.'s now for 400 weeks! (I wonder how many that would be in “dog” weeks? <G>) Seems like the older I get, the more irrelevant time seems to become for me. Go Figure!

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

Story of the Week
(© Terri McPherson - From: Words from a Simple Heart©)

In a world that cherishes perfect beauty and a society that strives for physical perfection, I've often wondered why the one thing I find most endearing about those I love, is something imperfect. Eyes a little too close together or a little too far apart, a cowlick that mars every hairstyle, a scar on otherwise perfect lips, a crooked smile, a funny squint, bony knees...

I've stood in the yard at my eight-year-old granddaughter's school and watched her run, full tilt, with her friends. Most of the other children run quicker, straighter and far more gracefully. Caitlynd, my granddaughter, looks like a colt that hasn't mastered its running legs. The sight of her ungainly gait threatens to burst the seams of my heart. I fall in love with her all over again.

The way I feel about the imperfections in those I love is a true emotion. I'm not saying it to make anyone feel good. It is a truth I've never fully been able to explain -- until recently.

Zig Ziglar told a story during a television interview that gave me great insight into that truth. Zig Ziglar has always said, "My wife is more beautiful today, than the day I married her."

No one thought he actually meant it. They simply thought it was something nice he said about his wife, Jean. Zig truly meant what he said, every time he said it, but he couldn't explain it.

How could Jean look more beautiful at 30- and 40- and 50- and 60-years-old, than she looked at eighteen years of age? To help make his point, Zig showed a picture of Jean on their wedding day. She was gorgeous!

Zig Ziglar has a natural ability to express his thoughts in ways people easily understand. The truth about the way he saw his wife, and his inability to explain it, always bothered Zig. He didn't know how it was possible that his eyes and his mind and his heart and his soul truly saw Jean as more beautiful than the day they were married.

While sitting in a quiet little church in Jerusalem, God gave Zig the explanation he couldn't find on his own. It didn't come in the form of a thunderous voice from heaven. It was a quiet, divine revelation, the long sought answer to his puzzling question. "You are seeing her through My eyes."

At the conclusion of Zig Ziglar's story, I found myself smiling from the inside out. In a world that cherishes perfect beauty and a society that strives for physical perfection, I now had the answer to my own question.

Living in love and loving life,

Pastor's Quote of the Week
        A good and noble man may be consummately in love with his wife but utterly unable to pass a satisfactory written examination on the psychology of marital love. Another man, having little or no love for his spouse, might pass such an examination most acceptably. The imperfection of the lover's insight into the true nature of the beloved does not in the least invalidate either the reality or sincerity of his love.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-103 Section-8)

The Prayer
Dear God,        
        Help me to always use Your Eyes to view my fellow man. I wish to see them without the distortions of human intolerance and judgment… I wish to be able look upon them with the loving, forgiving eyes of a Parent just as You do.

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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