"The Container"
(Author Unknown)

1-11-2013 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #765
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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 Container
(Author Unknown)

An aging master grew tired of his apprentice's complaints. One morning, he sent him to get some salt. When the apprentice returned, the master told him to mix a handful of salt in a glass of water, and then drink it.

"How does it taste?" the master asked.

"Bitter," said the apprentice.

The master chuckled, then asked the young man to take another handful of salt and accompany him to the lake, where he was to put it in the lake.

The two walked in silence to the nearby lake and, once the apprentice swirled his handful of salt in the water, the old man said, "Now drink from the lake"

As the water dripped down the young man's chin, the master asked, "How does it taste?"

"Fresh," remarked the apprentice.

"Do you taste the salt?" asked the master.

"No," said the young man.

At this, the master sat beside this serious young man, and explained softly, "The pain of life is pure salt; no more, no less. The amount of pain in life remains exactly the same. However, the amount of bitterness we taste depends on the container we put the pain in. So when you are in pain, the only thing you can do is to enlarge your sense of things. Stop being a glass. Become a lake."

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Pastor's Quote of the Week
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You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.

(From: Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948 )

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The Prayer
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Dear God,        
        May Truth Beauty and Goodness prevail!

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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