"Running out of Gas"
(©2009 by: Bob Perks)

9-3-2009 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #555
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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: Bob Perks

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Story of the Week
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"Running out of Gas"
(©2009 by: Bob Perks)
 
In the old days she'd be referred to as a "Damsel in Distress."
 
I had been out shopping and really took too much time doing it.  I was tired and ready to head home.  That is when I saw her.
 
She was stopped in the left hand turn lane about ready to get onto the expressway but never made it.
 
I saw her standing behind her car with the trunk open.  I slowed down, rolled opened my window and said, "Do you need help?"
 
"Yes, I ran out of gas.  I just moved here and I don't even know where a gas station is," she replied.
 
She didn't have a gas can, so I told her I'd run down the road to see if I could get one from the local station.
 
They sold a one gallon can, I filled it up and returned. 
 
She couldn't thank me enough and told me she would pay for the can and gas.  Of course, I refused. 
 
The car she was driving was in poor shape and would most likely qualify for the clunker rebate as a gas guzzler.
 
She didn't have a cell phone either. I asked if I could call anyone and she replied, "I have no one to call."
 
As I was pouring the gas in, she said, "You know in this day I thought no one would even stop.  I was afraid to leave the car but even more afraid to get help."
 
That bothered me greatly.  It was true and that bothered me even more.
 
"Well, I couldn't pass by without offering help," I said. "I've run out of gas myself a few times."
 
She looked nervous and a little uneasy so I thought I'd make her smile.
 
"You know I'm getting old.  Now I'm running out of gas and time.  It just seems to fly by."
 
She then said something that I thought was a gem... "My Dad said that old age is like toilet paper.   The closer you get to the end of the roll the faster it spins."
 
I laughed so hard I nearly dropped the container. She tried to start the car and it worked.  I gave her the can and told her to keep the empty one in her trunk.  Then I handed her $20.
 
"This is for that joke.  I'll get more mileage out of that than you will when you fill your tank. Welcome to Pennsylvania."

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Pastor's Quote of the Week
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As you grow older in years and more experienced in the affairs of the kingdom, are you becoming more tactful in dealing with troublesome mortals and more tolerant in living with stubborn associates? Tact is the fulcrum of social leverage, and tolerance is the earmark of a great soul. If you possess these rare and charming gifts, as the days pass you will become more alert and expert in your worthy efforts to avoid all unnecessary social misunderstandings. Such wise souls are able to avoid much of the trouble which is certain to be the portion of all who suffer from lack of emotional adjustment, those who refuse to grow up, and those who refuse to grow old gracefully.

(From: The Urantia Book Paper-156 Section-5)

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The Prayer
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Dear God,        
        Sometimes I feel as if I don't have enough time… then I remember that You have given me all the time that I really need.

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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