"The Child Within"
(By Joseph J. Mazzella)

3-29-2007 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #435
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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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"The Child Within"
(By Joseph J. Mazzella)

I got that look from my daughter again the other day. It is the look that says: "Dad, will you please just act your age?"

You see, my daughter is growing up fast and is on her way to becoming a beautiful, young woman. Even though she is still a teenager, she already has the maturity and wisdom of an adult. I, on the other hand, have been busy enjoying my second childhood ever since my first one ended. It seems strange to my daughter that sometimes she appears to be the older and more grown up of the two of us.

What my daughter doesn't realize, though, is that I used to be a child, teenager and young adult myself. I can distinctly remember what it was like to be each one of them. In fact, all three still live inside of me. I can still choose to be any one of them I wish. While I know that I have to be an adult most of the time, I also know that being a child is a lot more fun.

Children are so much closer to their love, laughter and joy. They're so much closer to their light than we adults are. They seem to know instinctively what most of us have forgotten: that God loves us and wants us to be happy in our lives here. That is why, no matter how old, tired, and wrinkled this body of mine may get, inside of it there will always beat the heart of a child. Our souls may be eternal, but I see no reason why they can't also be forever young.

Don't be afraid to live with the joy of a child, to love with the heart of a child, or to laugh with the delight of a child. It is your child-like soul that will light the way to the Kingdom of Heaven. It is your childlike heart that will bring you to oneness with God. It is your childlike spirit that will fill your life here with happiness.

Let the child within you out. You may get that look from time to time, but the joy is worth it.

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Pastor's Quote of the Week
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        The faith of Jesus attained the purity of a child's trust. His faith was so absolute and undoubting that it responded to the charm of the contact of fellow beings and to the wonders of the universe. His sense of dependence on the divine was so complete and so confident that it yielded the joy and the assurance of absolute personal security. There was no hesitating pretense in his religious experience. In this giant intellect of the full-grown man the faith of the child reigned supreme in all matters relating to the religious consciousness. It is not strange that he once said, "Except you become as a little child, you shall not enter the kingdom." Notwithstanding that Jesus' faith was childlike, it was in no sense childish.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-196 Section-0)

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The Prayer
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Dear God,        
        Continue to make my Faith more, and more like Jesus' earthly Faith was while he walked this world.

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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