"Biker Dude At The Grocery Store"
(Author Unknown--as seen at www.helpothers.org)

6-28-2008 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #498

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

Story of the Week

Biker Dude At The Grocery Store
(Author Unknown--as seen at www.helpothers.org)

The other day, I was shopping with my four-year-old son, Jacob. We had been in the store quite a while, so his patience was already wearing thin when I mentioned that I had forgotten to get soup.

As I turned the cart around and headed down the soup aisle, we saw the biggest, baldest, most bewildered looking biker dude, staring at the cans. I thought he might be threatening them to jump into his basket!

Like most children his age, Jacob is still learning to not shout out his observations about people in public. As we approached the man, Jacob yelled, "He rides a motorcycle, I bet! Do you think he looks mean?"

I was mortified, but the biker smiled and won Jacob over with a high five. The biker sheepishly asked if I could help him out. There was a single mom with small children, who lived next door to him, and she had just lost her job. He was looking to buy groceries for her family and, since he had no children, he had no clue what little kids liked. He didn't want her to know where the groceries were coming from, so he hadn't asked her any questions.

I have to admit, walking around the grocery store for half an hour with a big, bad, biker dude taking, orders from a four-year-old about what to buy was a blast. The best part happened when we went out to the parking lot. Once again, in a typically innocent way, Jacob yelled out his observation to the biker: "You really rock!"

I could see the biker blush from three cars away!

Pastor's Quote of the Week
(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-164 Section-1)
        But Jesus discerned the lawyer's motive, and instead of falling into the trap, he proceeded to tell his hearers a story, a story which would be fully appreciated by any Jericho audience. Said Jesus: "A certain man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell into the hands of cruel brigands, who robbed him, stripped him and beat him, and departing, left him half dead. Very soon, by chance, a certain priest was going down that way, and when he came upon the wounded man, seeing his sorry plight, he passed by on the other side of the road. And in like manner a Levite also, when he came along and saw the man, passed by on the other side. Now, about this time, a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed down to Jericho, came across this wounded man; and when he saw how he had been robbed and beaten, he was moved with compassion, and going over to him, he bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine, and setting the man upon his own beast, brought him here to the inn and took care of him. And on the morrow he took out some money and, giving it to the host, said: `Take good care of my friend, and if the expense is more, when I come back again, I will repay you.' Now let me ask you: Which of these three turned out to be the neighbor of him who fell among the robbers?" And when the lawyer perceived that he had fallen into his own snare, he answered, "He who showed

The Prayer
Dear God,        
        May we all learn to recognize Your children by the Fruits that they bear.

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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