"The Rose"
(By Daniel Miller)

6-13-2013 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #740
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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 Rose
(By Daniel Miller)


And upon a day, while walking among the flowers of his teacher's garden, did the child speak unto the Mystic:

"Some men claim that this life is the darkness of a curse, and a punishment to be endured for all our wicked ways. Oh Mystic, what say you of life?"

And the Mystic answered:

"I say that life is neither a curse nor a punishment, but a rose filled with the beauty of desire. The stem of the rose is your life upon this earth; the thorns, painful lessons you bring unto yourself, that you might learn. The leaves are those joys that enter your life with the tenderness of an unseen love.

"Curse not the sorrow of your thorns, for, the deeper they cut unto the heart of your being, the greener the leaves of joy shall be.

"The tiny bud is your soul, waiting to bloom with the truth of God among its petals. Slowly will your flower unfold,
that you might not become lost within the fragrance of its secret.

"And when the rose is at the height of its beauty, shall you not see the pureness of God, smiling from the very center of your being?"

Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver.

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Pastor's Quote of the Week
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The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious of the rose.

(From: Kahlil Gibran (1883 - 1931)

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The Prayer
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Dear God,        
        Without the thorns, would the Rose have survived?

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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