"Comfort Foods"
(By Joseph J. Mazzella - joemazzella@frontier.com)

3-8-2011 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #679
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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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Comfort Foods
(By Joseph J. Mazzella - joemazzella@frontier.com)

It was a gray and gloomy November day. An icy rain was falling from the overcast sky. The bare trees were mourning their loss of leaves. I felt the day's cold and darkness working its way into me and zipped up my sweater to fight off the chill in my bones, saying a prayer to keep the melancholy from creeping into my soul.

I knew just what I needed to warm up my insides and lift my spirits: a big bowl of vegetable soup.

I laughed as I walked over to the stove and turned the eye on. I smiled as I put the hearty portions of mushrooms, potatoes, carrots, green beans, and celery into the pot and stirred them slowly. The bubbling broth and rising steam brought back so many loving moments from my childhood. I remembered my mom calling hot soup one of life's great comforts. I remembered my sweet Italian Nana saying that it nourished the soul.

I sat down at the table with this steaming bowl of goodness and took my time blowing on each spoonful before savoring every bite. While I ate, I quietly thought about all the other "comfort foods" that had filled my stomach and warmed my heart over the years. There was homemade bread, Sunday spaghetti dinners, birthday cake with ice cream, provolone cheese, morning cereal, evening popcorn, and so many others.

I knew that it wasn't the foods themselves that made them so special; it was mom and Nana's love. When the world was at its coldest, it was this love that kept me warmer than any blanket, sweater, or bowl of soup ever could. When the
world was at its darkest, it was this love that kept my childhood home full of light.

I hope that, no matter how cold, dark, or hungry your days may feel at times, you can still find God's greatest comfort food: LOVE simmering on the stove in your heart. And I hope that you will always share a bowl of it with every starving soul you meet along the way.

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Pastor's Quote of the Week
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Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.

(From Mark Twain (1835 - 1910 )

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The Prayer
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Dear God,        
        Your love is my Nourishment.

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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