"The Small, Still Voice"
(By Joseph J. Mazzella)

4-27-2012 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #686
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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 Small, Still Voice
By Joseph J. Mazzella

It was a sunny, Spring day, but that was lost on me. In my mind, a thousand concerns and worries were racing around and around.

Looking back now, I can't for the life of me remember a single one of them. In the days that followed, like most worries, they all either faded or amounted to nothing. At the time, though, they seemed like they were going to wreck my life. I had even foolishly taken the day off work so I could spend more time on my worrying. I couldn't think.I couldn't relax. I couldn't even sit still.

Hoping to clear my head, I drove to a local lake that had a graveled path around it. As I walked along, my brain continued to race. Halfway around, I stopped at a small bench and sat down. My legs weren't tired, but my brain was exhausted.

After sitting a few minutes, I just let go and stopped thinking. I listened to the gentle music of the birds, singing their love songs in the trees. I watched as the sun sparkled and danced off the crystal clear waves of the lake. I noticed the first wild flowers of Spring, growing toward the light. I breathed in the fresh, clean air. I felt at peace for the first time all day.

It was then that I heard the small, still voice of God, whispering in my mind. "What are you so worried about? I have loved you since before the day you were born. I love you now, and I will continue to love you forever."

I stayed happily there on that bench for a long time. And when I finally left, I took the peace and love with me. I remember singing childhood hymns as I half-walked and half-danced the rest of the way around the lake. It felt so good, knowing that I was loved.

The next time the foolish voices of worry start chattering in your head, tell them to shut up, then sit down, be quiet, and listen for the small, still voice of God. He will be there waiting to love you, to guide you, to strengthen you, and to bless you with His peace forever.

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Pastor's Quote of the Week
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While the speech of God spoken from the whirlwind was a majestic concept for the day of its utterance, you have already learned that the Father does not thus reveal himself, but rather that he speaks within the human heart as a still, small voice, saying, 'This is the way; walk therein.' Do you not comprehend that God dwells within you, that he has become what you are that he may make you what he is!”

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-148 Section-6)

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The Prayer
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Dear God,        
To hear your voice, my own must be silent.        


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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