"Are You A Friend?"
(Author Unknown)

9-26-2014 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #796
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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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Are You A Friend?
(Author Unknown)

A Friend is a person whom you want to have near when you are dying. And whom you like to be with while you are living; to whom you spontaneously turn to for help when you are in trouble, and who is the first to hear the good news when you have good fortune.

A friend is a person whose counsel you seek when you are perplexed, and whose congratulations you welcome when the perplexity is solved; in whom you can confide the secret you want no other living soul to know, yet will never pry into your heart to discover whether there are any more secrets to be revealed.

A friend is a person you can lean on when your heart aches, but who will never take advantage of your leaning; who will get down on their knees beside you when you are down, and forgot they did so when you are on your feet again.

A friend is someone whose shoulder you can weep on when you are sad, and with whom you enjoy laughing when you are glad; who has a tear on their cheek when you suffer and a twinkle in their eyes when the sun shines on you again.

A friend is a person who has pain in their tone when you are in distress, and a melody in their voice when your heart is gay; who admires you for your strong points, but loves you in spite of your weak ones; who makes allowances for your limitations, without allowing them to obscure your talents.

A friend is a person who is proud of you when fortune favors you, but not ashamed of you when you fail; who contributes to your success without claiming any share in it; who can feel and show satisfaction when you please them, but never resentment when you disappoint them.

A friend is a person who will tell you the truth even when it hurts, and to whom you can tell the truth without them taking offense; who is not ashamed to ask you a favor even at the risk of imposing upon you, and who can extend a helping hand and lighten your load without expecting any other reward than having had the privilege of so doing.

A friend is a person who gives all they can whenever they can, without ever keeping record of what has been given; who says the best about you when everybody else is saying the worst.

Every person needs such friends. Every person owes it to themselves to be such a friend!

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Pastor's Quote of the Week
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When a friend is in trouble, don't annoy him by asking if there is any thing you can do. Think up something appropriate and do it.

(From: Edgar Watson Howe (1853 - 1937 )

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The Prayer
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Dear God,        
        You are the Friend we all need to know and recognize.

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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