"The Person Who Had Feelings"
by Barbara Dunlap

9-22-99 Story of the Week Seeds from Church Within #50

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This week's SOW Seeds - #50, contributed by: Delores Dinsmore

Story of the Week

The Person Who Had Feelings
by Barbara Dunlap

Once there was a very small person who had feelings. He had many feelings and he got them out every day. His family liked him when he showed his feelings. So, he started wearing them on his sleeve.

Then one day, his father said he did not like to see the small person's fear feeling anymore, and he tried to pull it off. But the feeling would not come off. So, the father said he would give the small person some tough to cover his fear.

It was very hard to cover the fear with tough. Mother and Grandmother helped. It took many days. "Now you look wonderful." father said when it was done. "We've covered some of your feelings with tough. You will grow into a good strong person."

When the little person was a little older he found a friend. The friend wore his feelings on his sleeves, too. But one day the friend said," My mother wants me to cover my lonely feeling and I'll be different from now on." And he was! The small person decided to hide his lonely feelings, too. And he got some anger from a stranger. He put big patches of anger on top of his lonely.

It was hard work trying to cover the lonely feelings. One day when the small person went to school, some of his lonely started showing. So, the teacher kept him late and gave him some guilt to cover his feeling with.

Sometimes at night, when he was alone, the small person would look at his feelings. He would pull off the tough and anger and look at his lonely and fear. Then he would have to take a long time putting the tough and anger and guilt on again.

One night he noticed his lonely and fear were growing and beginning to stick out around the patches. The small person had to go out to find more anger to cover the lonely and he got all the tough his father could spare to cover the fear.

The person grew bigger and he was very popular. Everyone said he could hide his feelings very well. One day the person's father said he had a proud feeing and he would share it because the person was growing up with so much tough. The person couldn't find any place to wear the proud feeling because the tough was getting so big. The person had trouble finding room for any other feelings on his sleeve. The tough and anger were all that showed.

Then one day he met another person and they became friends.

They thought they were alot alike because they both had only tough and angry feelings. But one day the friend told the person a secret. "I'm not really like you...my tough and anger are only patches to hide my fear and lonely." And then he pulled back the edge of his tough and showed the person his fear. Just for a second. The person sat very quietly and didn't speak. Then he carefully pulled a little edge of his tough back and showed his fear. And the friend saw it. And the person folded back a corner of his anger and the friend saw his lonely.

Then the friend reached out gently and hugged the person's fear, and then he hugged his lonely, and the friendly hug was like magic...for a feeling of acceptance appeared on the person's sleeve! And when he looked again he saw that he was different. His real feelings were showing and his tough and anger were smaller!

And then the person knew that whenever someone gave him acceptance, he would need less tough and then there would be more room to show his real feelings whatever they were: Happy, lonely, proud, bad, love, good, warm, hurt, fear... human feelings.

The Prayer
Dear God,        
When I feel bad,,, when I feel hurt,,, when I feel fear,,, when I feel confusion,,, it helps to know that You are here With me,,, protecting me,,, encouraging me,,, Loving me. Thanks for Being there for me.

You ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal Parent,

The Creator's Eternal Love, through me, to all of You,
Pastor Daniel

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