"Two Sisters"
(By John Stuart)

10-17-2007 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #464

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

Story of the Week
Two Sisters
(By John Stuart)

Years ago, when I ministered in Scotland, there were two elderly sisters in the congregation. Both of them had been members of the church all of their lives. One of them lived on a farm, which had a large acreage and in the past it had been very productive. The other sister lived in a modest condo, which she kept immaculately clean.

The sister on the farm was widowed and had lived a hard life. She was weary and very needy. She didn't go out much and as the years sped past, she almost became a recluse. Her sister, on the other hand, was very outgoing, had a wonderful husband, and a lot of joy in her life.

To look at both of them, you wouldn't think they came from the same home, but they did. In fact, they were both brought up on the same farm. When their father died, they were due to equally inherit the family farm, but one of the sisters managed to get her father to sign over ownership to both her and her husband before her dad died.

The other sister was left with nothing, and so she quit the farm and went to live in public housing in the nearby town. Throughout her life, she didn't have very much financially, but the riches of her life were a loving husband, great children, and a joyful disposition.

On the other hand, her sister had all the riches of the farm, which she and her husband squandered over the years. She ended up with a bad marriage, estranged children, and a guilty conscience for the rest of her days. The beautiful thing is that in her last few years of sickness, her loving sister visited her and cared for her each day on the farm. One was rich and had lived a lie. The other was poor, but showed unfailing love.

Every day we make choices and decisions: the question we must ask ourselves is this - are we only choosing to fulfill our desires and deceive ourselves, or are we willing to share our blessings and show unfailing love?

We all suffer injustice in our lives, and trouble never seems far away. Sometimes we bring this on ourselves because of greed, insecurity or ambition. Ask God to help you remain true to Him in all that we seek to do each day, and to keep you free from guile and deception. Always show compassion and care, even to those who hurt and disappoint you.


Rev. John Stuart is a native of Scotland. He and his wife, Evelyn, became US citizens in the summer of 2001. Rev. Stuart grew up in Glasgow, Scotland, and served several small churches in S.W. Scotland before accepting the call to Erin Presbyterian Church.

Pastor's Quote of the Week
It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.

(From: Robert F. Kennedy (1925 - 1968), South Africa, 1966 )

The Prayer
Dear God,        
        Give me the courage to always be loving… especially when my first inclination is not to be.

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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