"It's hard to understand"
( by Bob Perks)

10-22-2011 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #661
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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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"It's hard to understand"
( by Bob Perks)

It's hard to understand sometimes, but easy enough to see.  I try to make sense of things and fail to comprehend the magnitude, width and depth of all that is mine.
 
Still with all of that clearly in front of me, I find myself whining still, because I don't have this or that.
 
It wouldn't take much to see those around me lacking even the stuff that I enjoy and I am nowhere near a wealthy man by the world's standards.  I have a simple house, a car, food, a wife and family who love me.
 
I couldn't boast of a yacht, six figure income, tailored suits, shoes made in Italy, or more bathrooms than bedrooms in my home.
 
Some of you may think that's not much. 
 
Still others may read that and say, I rent a small apartment with one bedroom that sleeps six.  I can't afford to buy my child a toy boat to play with and my income is below the poverty line.  As for clothes and shoes I thank God for the Salvation Army and my church.
 
That's hard to understand, but easy enough to see.
 
I wake up in the morning and I can't feel my feet sometimes. I walk slumped over from muscle pain until I walk long enough not to feel it.
 
Some of you may say it's just old age, get used to it.
 
Others may be thinking that's nothing.  I can't walk any more.  My legs don't function at all and I am confined to a wheel chair.  My pain is constant because I can't afford the drugs to make it all go away.  I am crippled and can hardly sit up long enough to eat.
 
That's hard to understand, but easy enough to see.
 
I moan about the fact that I don't see my one son at all and the other just calls any more.  He's too busy to stop by.
 
Some of you say they have their own life, let them live it.  Be grateful, mine is in his 30's and still living here.
 
Others might say at least you have two sons.  I lost my son to war and my daughter to cancer.  Didn't your oldest survive his cancer?  You ought to be grateful he's alive. 
 
That's hard to understand, but easy enough to see.
 
I sometimes question God.
 
Some might say so do I.
 
Others might add, me, too.
 
Still He loves all of us, doesn't he?  He never gives up on us, does He?  He sees more in us than we do,  gives even when we don't deserve it.  He provides.  He guides.  He lifts us up when no one else is there to do so.  He forgives.  He listens.
 
You can't deny the abundance in your life. That's God...hard to understand sometimes, but easy enough to see.

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Pastor's Quote of the Week
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Intelligent children do not fear their father in order that they may receive good gifts from his hand; but having already received the abundance of good things bestowed by the dictates of the father's affection for his sons and daughters, these much loved children are led to love their father in responsive recognition and appreciation of such munificent beneficence. The goodness of God leads to repentance; the beneficence of God leads to service; the mercy of God leads to salvation; while the love of God leads to intelligent and freehearted worship.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-149 Section-6)

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The Prayer
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Dear God,        
        Thanks for Everything!

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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