"The Meaning of Peace"
(Author Unknown)

7-16-2009 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #548
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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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The Meaning of Peace
(Author Unknown)

There was once a king, who offered a prize to the artist, who could paint the best picture of peace. Many artists tried. The king looked at all the pictures, but there were only two that he really liked, and he had to choose between them.

One picture was of a calm lake. The lake was a perfect mirror for the peaceful towering mountains all around it. Overhead was a blue sky with fluffy white clouds. All who saw this picture thought that it was a perfect picture of peace.

The second picture had mountains, too. But these were rugged and bare. Above was an angry sky from which rain fell, and in which lightening played. Down the side of the mountain tumbled a foaming waterfall. This did not look peaceful at all.

But when the king looked, he saw behind the waterfall a tiny bush growing in a crack in the rock. In the bush a mother bird had built her nest.... a perfect picture of peace.

Which of the pictures won the prize? The king chose the second picture. Do you know why?

"Because," explained the king, "peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. Peace means to be in the midst of all those things and still be calm in your heart. That is the real meaning of peace."

That is the REAL meaning of peace.

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Pastor's Quote of the Week
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Remember, even if prayer does not change God, it very often effects great and lasting changes in the one who prays in faith and confident expectation. Prayer has been the ancestor of much peace of mind, cheerfulness, calmness, courage, self-mastery, and fair-mindedness in the men and women of the evolving races.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-91 Section-4)

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The Prayer
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Please keep a dear friend Joey in your prayers. He lost his 23 year old son to pneumonia a couple weeks ago. It is never easy when a loved one goes on to the next life ahead of us, yet it is many, many times worse when it is your beloved child. Knowing that he is in a far better place now… the place that we all aspire to… does not take away the pain of loss for a long time and never completely until once again face to face in the afterlife. Please send loving thoughts and prayers his way.

Dear God,        
        So often this mortal life seems unfair from this earthbound perspective. Help us to see through Your Loving eyes.

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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