"Starfish"
(Author Unknown)

2-7-2008 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #479
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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: Jane Apostolos

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Story of the Week
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“Starfish”
(Author Unknown)

One day a man was walking along the seashore. He noticed that during the night many seashells and starfish had washed upon the shore. Thoroughly enjoying the morning sun and cool sea air, the man strolled for miles along the sand.

Far off in the distance, he saw a small figure dancing. The man was joyous that someone was enjoying life in such a grand, uninhibited manner. As he drew closer, however, it became apparent that the figure was not dancing, but repeatedly performing some ritual.

Approaching the figure, the man noticed that it was a child. She was methodically picking up starfish stranded on the shore and tossing them back into the surf. The man paused for a moment, puzzled, then asked, "Why are you throwing those starfish?"

"If I leave these starfish on the beach," she replied, "the sun will dry them, and they will die. So I'm throwing them back into the ocean because I want them to live."

The man was thoughtful for a moment, impressed with the girl's concern. Then he motioned up and down the miles and miles of sandy beach and said, "There must be thousands of starfish along here! How can you possibly expect to make a difference?"

The girl pondered the man's words for a moment, then she slowly leaned over, reached down and carefully picked up another starfish from the sand. Straightening up, she tossed the starfish gently into the surf.

She turned to the man and smiled shyly, "You may be right," she said. "But I made a difference for that one!"

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The Prayer
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Dear God,        
        Help me to make a difference.

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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