"Pain in the neck"
(©2009 By Bob Perks)

2-24-2009 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #528
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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”].

Well, well… It is finally here. Tomorrow (the 25th), I go in for my arthroscopic surgery on my torn Rotator Cuff (and whatever else he might find in there). I am far less apprehensive about the procedure now than I was in early January when it was previously scheduled. It feels more “Right” this time for some reason. I have come to fully trust, that when I sincerely attempt to follow the path as it is laid out for me without trying to artificially manipulate it, that it is Always for a good purpose… a good reason. It will unfold as God wills it, and whatever the outcome, I could want nothing less nor more.

So…. That is why you are getting the Story of the Week Early for once. ;-) I wasn't sure how I'd be feeling for the first couple of days after my operation.

By the way… Today's Story from Bob Perks is Oh So Very Appropriate!

This week's SOW Seeds Story, contributed by: Bob Perks

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Story of the Week
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“Pain in the neck”
(©2009 By Bob Perks)
 
It seemed like a long time to be dealing with this.  The truth is, I have been complaining
about it for years.
 
I've had tests, x-rays, nerve conduction, MRI's and never any results that solved the problem.
 
Recently, it had gotten worse so I went to my doctor with a list of about a dozen things that was wrong with me.
 
Nothing fatal.  Nothing life threatening.
 
Still, life was not the same.
 
When you reach 50 everything changes.  It is a label, a neon light that goes with you wherever you go.
 
Everything you felt at 49 was a concern.  Everything you feel after 50 is simply classified as "getting old."
 
I am 58.
 
Add to that I have Fibromyalgia and I can never have another symptom that won't be labeled as age or fibro.
 
I think doctors stop listening and friends your age always have something worse than you.
 
"I have this pain in my shoulder."
 
"Pain?  You want to know pain?  I have such pain you could never handle it."
 
I have been blessed.  I have never been in the hospital or had an operation.  I really have not had any terrible diseases.  So, having to go to a physical therapist is a first for me.
 
"How long have you had this pain in your neck?" he asked.
 
"Well, my wife and I have been married for 20 years," I replied.  "Oh, you mean this pain."
 
He laughed and I knew I had the right guy.
 
So, what great lesson have I taken from this experience?
 
Are you ready?
 
In order to ease this discomfort in my neck, I need to stretch it.
 
The stretching will appear to cause more discomfort, but doing so will eventually relieve the pain and strengthen the muscles.
 
Your discomfort in life right now, no matter how painful, can only be relieved when you stretch beyond your present circumstances, causing temporary discomfort, but eventually strengthening your stance.  

I need to stick out my neck in order to relieve the pressure and pain.
 
I will never find relief without creating more discomfort.
 
One more thing.  I really love MY "pain in the neck!"

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Pastor's Quote of the Week
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        The unfailing kindness of Jesus touched the hearts of men, but his stalwart strength of character amazed his followers. He was truly sincere; there was nothing of the hypocrite in him. He was free from affectation; he was always so refreshingly genuine. He never stooped to pretense, and he never resorted to shamming. He lived the truth, even as he taught it. He was the truth. He was constrained to proclaim saving truth to his generation, even though such sincerity sometimes caused pain. He was unquestioningly loyal to all truth.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-100 Section-7)

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The Prayer
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Dear God,        
        There is no pain so hard to bear as the pain of a Loved One.

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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