"A Reason to Give"
(The author wishes to remain anonymous)

6-12-2014 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #783
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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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"A Reason to Give"
(The author wishes to remain anonymous)
[Edited by Shmuel Greenbaum - Printed with Permission of http://www.PartnersInKindness.org]

About ten years ago, I saw a man with a sign at a local shopping center which read, "Need money to get home." I stopped to talk to this man, and he related a story of discrimination and inability to find work in his area. Though I doubted parts of his story, I told him to go to the local train station, have the ticket agent call me, and I would purchase a ticket for him to take the train on his 1,000 mile journey home. He did so, and I told the ticket agent to make the ticket non-refundable, to be certain the funds were properly applied.

As the years have gone by, I have noted, with some chagrin, the return of this man with various signs and have come to realize that he makes his living in this way. Although I have occasionally chided myself for falling for his story, it may well be that parts of it were true, and perhaps, like all of us, he just needed a vacation from his line of work.

I remind myself that the value and joy of giving is not diminished by the actions or non-actions of the recipient. Otherwise, we might always find ways to be doubtful and cynical about giving. There are many reasons one can find not to give, but one good reason to give that covers all others... Love. Love can never be diminished, but like water, always finds the proper level, then rises to shower us again with is beneficence. Giving, like loving, does the same.

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Pastor's Quote of the Week
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If you knew what I know about the power of giving, you would not let a single meal pass without sharing it in some way.

(From: Buddha (563 BC - 483 BC )

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The Prayer
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Dear God,        
        Help us all to be unconditionally Giving.

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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