"Berry Spoons"
(Author Unknown)

5-20-2009 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #540
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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: Patije

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Story of the Week
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Berry Spoons
(Author Unknown)

"I'll never forgive him. I told him I would never forgive him." The elderly lady spoke softly, but with resolve, as the nurse brought in her nightly medication. The lady's expression was troubled as she turned away, focusing on the drape wrapped around her nursing home bed. This brief exchange revealed a deep, deep hurt.

She told of how her brother had approached her bed, accusing her of taking more than her share of family heirlooms following their mother's death. He spoke of various items, ending with "the berry spoon." He said, "I want the berry spoon." For the forty years since the mother's death, he had hidden his feelings, and now they erupted.

She was both hurt and angered by his accusation and vowed never to forgive him. "It's my spoon. Mother gave it to me," she defended herself. "He's wrong, and I won't forgive him."

Standing at her bedside, the nurse felt her own spirit soften and grieve. A spoon, a berry spoon! In the bed lay a woman given two months to live, just sixty days… She would face eternity and never see her brother again in this life. Her mind and spirit were in anguish, and her only remaining family ties were broken over a berry spoon.

As the nurse returned to her station, she was drawn deep into thought: "How many berry spoons are there in my life? How many things, as insignificant as a spoon, in light of eternity, separate me from God, and from others? How does a lack of forgiveness keep me separated from my family?"

She asked God to search her heart. "How many berry spoons are there in my life?"

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Pastor's Quote of the Week
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When one has nothing left to lose one becomes courageous. We are timid only when we have something left to cling to.

(From: Don Juan Matus, The Second Ring Of Power by Carlos Castaneda )

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The Prayer
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Dear God,        
        May I Cling Passionately… Only to Your Will.

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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