"Jigsaw Puzzle"
(By: Sally I. Kennedy, as seen in Irish Thursdays)

3-11-2011 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #630
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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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Jigsaw Puzzle
(By: Sally I. Kennedy, as seen in Irish Thursdays)

Life was a slow, easy pace, at the cottage on the lake, where I spent many summers as a child. There was always a jigsaw puzzle on the card table. Somehow it was like a magnet, drawing me as I passed by, "Sit down, and put that one piece in."

Early on, we had photos of puppies and kittens in baskets with large pieces. Later, country landscapes with tiny pieces. As soon as we'd finish one, we'd begin another. Dump out the box. Save any pieces already stuck together for a head start. Prop up the lid so the finished picture was visible.

Soon, puzzle pieces would be scattered everywhere on the table top. Mom taught us, "Separate the pieces with straight, outside edges. Find the four corners, and make the frame before starting the rest."

What if there had been no cover picture to guide us and help put the pieces together? We don't have a lid to look at, with a finished photo, for the puzzles of our lives. But God knows exactly and precisely what the picture looks like.

I recall my little sister would pick up a piece and determinedly declare, "This fits!", as she tried to force the cardboard into the space. How often I try to squeeze something into my life that is not supposed to be there, not designed for that particular time and place.

One day at a time, as we turn our lives over to Him, the Lord gives us a piece for the day. "It's a puzzlement!" said the King of Siam, to Anna, in the musical, The King and I. Yes, well, not to Someone… That's good news.

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Pastor's Quote of the Week
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Doubt is the vestibule which all must pass before they can enter the temple of wisdom. When we are in doubt and puzzle out the truth by our own exertions, we have gained something that will stay by us and will serve us again. But if to avoid the trouble of the search we avail ourselves of the superior information of a friend, such knowledge will not remain with us; we have not bought, but borrowed it.

(From: C. C. Colton )

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The Prayer
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Dear God,        
        Help us to find and recognize the missing pieces.

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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