"Just One"
(By C. Neil Strait)

8-31-2012 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #701

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This week's SOW Seeds Story, contributed by: Patije

Story of the Week
Just One
(By C. Neil Strait)

Al Capp, the noted cartoonist, won acclaim with his ability to entertain large audiences with his talented pencil. Often, he would draw a character, leaving it incomplete. He wouldn't identify the character until he stopped and said: "Now comes the line that makes the difference." Then, with one stroke of the pencil, Capp added one more line to the drawing. And with that one line, he revealed who the character was. Just one line, and the picture was complete.

How often have you seen life situations where it seemed that only one word, one act, one deed, was missing--and needed? Perhaps a tense situation could have been defused with just one word of kindness. A brother in need could have been helped with just a token. An injustice could have been avoided with just one act of justice.

Life is not made up of the many, but of the few. A few words of kindness will mean more than many words of nonsense. A few kind deeds will heal a lot of hurts. A few expressions of love will erode a feeling of ill will.

Just one line and the picture is complete. With just one word, one deed, one small act, we can make life situations meaningful. We can be artists in bringing perspective to a world desperately needing someone to add the right touch, say the right word, do the one thing that will bring meaning out of despair.

Pastor's Quote of the Week
I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers.

(From: Kahlil Gibran (1883 - 1931)

The Prayer
Dear God,        
        You inspire me to try harder. Help me to be more consistently aware of Your presence.

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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