"Pay It Forward"
(The author wishes to remain anonymous.)

1-15-2009 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #572

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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

Story of the Week
Pay It Forward
(The author wishes to remain anonymous.)

I was coming home from work one afternoon when, all of a sudden, I heard the distinctive sound of one of my tires, flopping against the road. I pulled into a local gas station-convenience store, near the air pump to look, and sure enough, one of the tires was flat. I asked the gas attendant if he knew how to change a tire, since I didn't know how. He said he wasn't allowed to help me.

The man filling his tank at that pump said he would help me change it. He pulled next to my car and started to change my tire, when another man pulled alongside and asked him if he wanted a patch for the tire. He said he had some in his car. Together, they patched the tire up and put the tire back onto my car, good as new. I kept thanking the first man for his help, blessing him.

He said that once, when he was a younger man during the 1970s gas crunch, he didn't feel like waiting in line for gas, so he kept going past the gas station. Pretty soon, he ran out of gas. He was in the middle of a desert, with no food, water or gas, when a local man with a pickup truck pulled up to his motorcycle with a gas can and gave him 5 gallons of gas, just enough to make it back to the gas station.

When he asked this local man if he could pay for the gas, the man said, "No, just pay it forward," and ever since then, he had been helping people stuck on the side of the road.

(Edited by Shmuel Greenbaum)
Printed with Permission of: www.partnersinkindness.org

Pastor's Quote of the Week
Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.

Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)

The Prayer
Dear God,        
        What I do, I do for Your Children. What I do I do because of You!

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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