"The True Riches Of Life"
(By: Joseph J. Mazzella)

8-9-2007 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #454
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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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“The True Riches Of Life”
(By: Joseph J. Mazzella)

I spent part of this morning taking pictures of some of the Autumn leaves in the woods near my home. They are so beautiful this time of the year. The reds, yellows, and gold's bring beauty to the eye, delight to the heart, and joy to the soul. I have always considered them to be one of life's treasures and I continue to grow in my appreciation of them with each passing year.

The funny thing is that as my appreciation for God's glorious gifts of nature grows my desire for the material things in life shrinks. My wife says I am very hard to buy a gift for, because I never want anything. I guess that the reason for that is that I already feel like I have everything. I am rich in all the eternal things. I am rich in love, joy, peace, and happiness. I am rich in family, friends, and loved ones. I am rich in all the delights that nature and life brings. I am rich in feeling the oneness of God all around me.

One of the truly richest people I ever knew was my Godfather. His name was Frankie and he lived up the hill from our home. He was always smiling and happy. He was a constant source of love and joy in my life. I visited him everyday. The fact that he lived in an old house without electricity or running water didn't bother either of us. He could have afforded a better home, but having food, shelter, and clothes he was content. He knew the true riches of life came from the soul not the pocketbook.

Remember then, the true riches of life aren't cars, homes, stocks, or cash. The true riches of life are the joy, love, and light you carry within you. The true wealth in life is the happiness you create and share with others. May each and everyone of you be forever wealthy in the true riches of life.

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Pastor's Quote of the Week
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In Jesus' times and since, happiness has all too often been associated with the idea of the possession of wealth. In the story of the Pharisee and the publican praying in the temple, the one felt rich in spirit--egotistical; the other felt "poor in spirit"--humble. One was self-sufficient; the other was teachable and truth-seeking. The poor in spirit seek for goals of spiritual wealth--for God. And such seekers after truth do not have to wait for rewards in a distant future; they are rewarded now. They find the kingdom of heaven within their own hearts, and they experience such happiness now.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-140 Section-5)

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The Prayer
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Dear God,        
        To me, the Greatest Wealth is knowing You. Help me to eliminate poverty.

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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