"He Was There All Along"
(Author Unknown)

3-21-2015 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #813
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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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He Was There All Along
(Author Unknown)

Leonard Sweet, in his book Soul Salsa (Zondervan, 2000), relates the following story.

A tribe of Native Americans had a unique practice for training young braves. On the night of a boy's thirteenth birthday, he was blindfolded and taken miles away from his home camp. When he took off the blindfold, he was in the midst of thick woods. He had to stay there all night by himself.

Every time a twig snapped, he probably visualized a wild animal ready to pounce. Every time an animal howled, he imagined a wolf leaping out of the darkness. Every time the wind blew, he wondered what more sinister sound it masked.

After what seemed like an eternity, the first rays of sunlight lightened the interior of the forest. Looking around, the boy saw flowers, trees, and the outline of the path. Then, to his utter astonishment, he saw the figure of a man, standing just a few feet away, armed with a bow and arrow… It was hiis father, who had been there all night long.

The young brave, who had feared the night, thinking he was alone, had been in the presence of his father all along.

Like the young Native American, there are times we experience what appears to be abandonment and isolation. Far away from familiar environs, we may seem blinded to the security of well-known and predictable paths. Every anxious moment seems replete with dangers, lurking in the shadows of a seemingly endless night.

But though His presence may not be readily apparent, also standing in those shadows is One who has promised that He would not fail or forsake us.

So today, in the midst of your foreboding trials, be assured, you may not immediately recognize Him, but He is there. Our loving Heavenly Father, faithfully standing watch, to ensure your safe passage through a long dark night, into the warmth and peace that comes with a bright new day.

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Pastor's Quote of the Week
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A child is not likely to find a father in God unless he finds something of God in his father.

(From: Austin L. Sorensen )

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The Prayer
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Dear God,        
        Thanks for always being there for me.

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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