"The Golden Buddha"
(By Nick Ortner)

2-26-2015 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #811
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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 Golden Buddha
(By Nick Ortner)

Have you heard the story of the Golden Buddha? In a nutshell, over 300 years ago, as a Burmese army planned an attack to invade Thailand (then called Siam), Siamese monks, who were in possession of an enormous treasure, a solid gold Buddha that today would be valued at over 200 million dollars, made a decision.

To protect the Buddha from being plundered, they covered it in 12 inches of clay. The Burmese attackers, thinking it worthless, ignored it but sadly killed the monks. So for over 250 years, until the mid 1950s, this Buddha existed only as a clay Buddha.

Then, when the Buddha was being moved to a new location by a crane, it began to crack. They didn't expect it to be so heavy. The monks set it down, waiting for a bigger crane the next day, and covered it with a tarp to protect it from the rains.

One monk, in the middle of the night, came to check that the tarps were staying on and saw a reflection, a glimmer in the crack. He carefully chiseled away around the crack as the glimmer grew... And then, as the clay fell away, a solid gold Buddha shone once again for the world to marvel at.

Is there a Golden Buddha within you? See, I believe there is greatness within you, within all of us, but all too often it is masked and covered by previous experiences, by old patterns, by pressure from society, by past failures and pains.

I believe if we can just find that crack, that glimmer inside, and connect to that part of us that knows we can love more, be more, live more, manifest more, then the rest of this old junk can fall away easily so we can shine at our brightest.

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Pastor's Quote of the Week
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What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.

(From: Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900), Lady Windermere's Fan, 1892, Act III )

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The Prayer
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Dear God,        
        Help us to see the inner value of one another.

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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