"His Hands Were Huge"
(By: Ettarose Lazaros)

6-18-2008 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #697
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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”].

Today's story just reminded me of my own dad who graduated from this world when I was 17 years old. When I was a little guy, his hands seemed SO sure and strong. When I reached my 40's (seems like so long ago now), my own hands looked so much like I remembered his looking that I realized, yes… I am my father's son. I hope that I may have the same realization someday about my hands and the hands of my Divine Father.

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

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Story of the Week
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His Hands Were Huge
(By: Ettarose Lazaros)

I remember looking at my Dad when I was young and thinking how he was so big. I remember the warm, vast, secure grip of his hand in mine as we walked to the town park. Before long, his strong arms and hands would push me on the swing to heights I'd never experienced. Those same hands later balanced me on my two-wheel bike and guided me down the sidewalk, releasing me to perfect balance and success on the path.

His strong arms guided me down the aisle on my wedding day. Just as he released me on the swing to new heights, he released me to new choices and new experiences as a married woman.

Now, when I see a dad and his child walking together, I wonder if the child thinks of dad as one of the biggest people he or she knows. In reality, my dad wasn't all that big, but I will always think of him as bigger than life-size.

It was his loving grip on my life that made him seem like a warm loving giant in a fairytale, one who cared and protected me.

I hope the children I see will be as fortunate as I, and experience a warm, large, and secure grip on their lives as they grow.

“The great man is he who does not lose his child's heart.”

(Mencius)

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Pastor's Quote of the Week
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The Father's love follows us now and throughout the endless circle of the eternal ages. As you ponder the loving nature of God, there is only one reasonable and natural personality reaction thereto: You will increasingly love your Maker; you will yield to God an affection analogous to that given by a child to an earthly parent; for, as a father, a real father, a true father, loves his children, so the Universal Father loves and forever seeks the welfare of his created sons and daughters.

(From: the Urantia Book - Paper-2 section-5)

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The Prayer
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Dear God,        
        Into Your hands, I commend my Hopes.

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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