"Hammering Nails"
[Author Unknown]

12-9-98 Story of the Week from Church Within #9
Greetings my Dearest Sisters and Brothers, and welcome again to The Church Within Story of the Week [S.O.W.]

This week's SOW #9 , contributed by: Amy Megow... my beloved Goddaughter. I think you are going to like it!!

Story of the Week

"Hammering Nails"
[Author Unknown]

[This author sure writes a lot of stories... No? ;-)]

There was a little boy with a bad temper. One day his father gave him a bag of nails, and told him that every time he lost his temper, to hammer a nail in the back fence. The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. Then it gradually dwindled down. He had discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence.

Finally the day came when the boy did not lose his temper at all. He told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pull out one nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper.

The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone. The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence. He said, "You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. It will not matter how many times you say 'I am sorry', the wound is still there. A verbal wound is as bad as a physical one."

        Friends are very rare jewels, indeed. They make you smile and encourage you to succeed. They lend an ear, they share a word of praise, and they always want to open their hearts to us.

The Prayer
Dear Ever Loving Parent,        
Only with Your help can the wounds of our Souls be completely Healed. Please dear God, help to heal the wounds that I may have inadvertently or immaturely inflicted on any of my brothers and sisters, and let me be an instrument of Your Healing for any whom Your Divine Will knows that I could possibly be of any help to. I am Eternally grateful for all of my own that Your Grace has healed. If you see any more in here that I may not be aware of, feel free to work on them too. Your touch always seems to make it all better.
Your Child

You ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal Parent,

The Creator's Infinite Love, through me, to all of You,
Pastor Daniel

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