"Somebody Loves You"
(By Joseph J. Mazzella)

4-29-2010 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #586

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This week's SOW Seeds Story, contributed by: Patije

Story of the Week
Somebody Loves You
(By Joseph J. Mazzella)

When my children were young, I used to read to them every evening before bed. One of their favorite stories was called, "Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch." Mr. Hatch was a lonely man, living a lonely life. He never smiled. He walked alone to work everyday and ate his lunch alone in a corner. He never talked to anyone on his way home either. In the evening, he would buy a newspaper, read it after supper, and go to bed early.

His life changed, however, on Valentine's Day when he got a heart-shaped box in the mail. It as full of candy and a note that said, "Somebody loves you." At first, he couldn't believe it, but as he let the message sink in, he began to laugh and dance around. That single message had opened his heart to the power of love. Soon he found himself sharing his smile and laughter with others. He became a joy at work and began to help out people in the neighborhood. As the days and weeks went by, his laughter, smiles, kindness, caring, happiness and love touched the hearts of everyone in his community.

Later, Mr. Hatch found out that the candy heart had been delivered to him by mistake. He felt crushed and began again to withdraw from the world. But when his neighbors found out, they were determined not to lose the light he shared. They surprised him with a party and a huge banner that read: "Everybody Loves Mr. Hatch." Mr. Hatch cried when he realized that somebody loved him after all. Then he laughed, smiled and rejoined his friends

I think we all have a tiny bit of Mr. Hatch in us. At times, we all feel unloved and unlovable. Somebody does love us, though. God loves us. He loves us with a powerful, unconditional, and life-changing love, and He wants us to love each other. It is what we are here for. It is what we were meant for. May the pages of your life story be full of love.

Pastor's Quote of the Week
Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.

(From: William James (1842 - 1910)

The Prayer
Dear God,        
        Thank you for Love.

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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