"The Power Of Love"
(By Joseph Walker)

8-18-2010 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #602
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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 Power Of Love”
(By Joseph Walker)

By any standard of measurement, David was a powerful man. Tall, handsome and dignified, he cut an imposing figure, even in his declining years. He was widely known and greatly respected by his peers and others in the community.

As the head of a large organization, he was surrounded by people, who were prepared to respond to his every whim. Because of the prominence of his position and the value of his time, he didn't have to do anything he didn't want to do, or that wasn't a high priority to him, which is why it seemed a little unusual, to those who worked in the small downtown market, to see this great man, slowed and bent by the years, shuffling in to shop.

"Doesn't he have people to do this sort of thing for him?" a clerk asked the store manager.

"Of course he does," the manager whispered. "He has people who have people who have people to do this sort of thing for him."

They watched as David moved slowly, deliberately, toward the produce section.

"Then what's he doing here?" the clerk asked.

"I don't know," the manager said, a little nervously. "But whatever it is, it must be VERY important."

David paused at the produce section, looking at the surprisingly expansive display of fresh fruits and vegetables. At last, his eyes settled on a big bin of large, shiny red apples. He picked up the apples one by one, examining each closely, twisting and turning it in the sunlight to expose any defect or flaw. Over the course of several minutes, he must have inspected two dozen apples or so until, at last, he settled on one that looked absolutely perfect – perfectly sized, perfectly shaped, perfectly colored, perfectly ripe.

"Perfect!" he said to himself, smiling broadly.

He tucked the apple securely in his hand and made his way back up the aisle to the cash register, where the manager stepped in front of the clerk.

"There will be no charge for that, sir," the manager said when David presented the apple for purchase. "You may have it, with our compliments."

David shook his head. "Thank you, sir," he said kindly. "But I insist. Please allow me to pay for this beautiful apple."

Hesitantly, the manager rang up the charge for the apple, and placed it carefully in a brown paper bag. He took David's money, and handed the bag to him.

"Thank you," David said, holding the bag as one might hold a package of diamonds. "Emma will love this!"

Emma? Of course, Emma, the love of David's life. His sweetheart of more than 50 years. It was said that in all their time together, they had never once had an argument. And now, a clerk and a manager at a small downtown market understood why. It was a matter of priority. It was a matter of sensitivity. It was a matter of purpose. And clearly, it was a matter of power… The power of love.

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Pastor's Quote of the Week
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Now did the father again kneel at Jesus' feet while he implored the Master, saying: “If you can cure him, I beseech you to have compassion on us and deliver us from this affliction.” And when Jesus heard these words, he looked down into the father's anxious face, saying: “Question not my Father's power of love, only the sincerity and reach of your faith. All things are possible to him who really believes.” And then James of Safed spoke those long-to-be-remembered words of commingled faith and doubt, “Lord, I believe. I pray you help my unbelief.”

(From: The Urantia Book – Paper-158 Section- 5 )

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The Prayer
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Dear God,        
        Help us all to access and use the power of Your 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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