Sending Out an S.O.S.
We all know what to do if we get stranded on an island in the middle of the ocean: put a message in a bottle and throw it out to sea. Then begin to pray. The action comes first, because we need to do all we can do before we ask for help.
Monica and I have been engaged in a service which turns this strategy on its head. In the old scenario, the one who needs help throws out the message. We, on the other hand, throw out a helpful message, hoping it might wash up on some distant shore in time to help a person who can benefit from it.
Help comes in many forms, maybe even to someone who never would have thought to seek it. It can be as simple as provoking a welcome smile. Tell me you’ve never needed that. Other times, it comes just as a friend’s dilemma is on your mind, reinforces your idea for how to assist.
Occasionally, we receive an email from a Seedlings reader telling us how a story has arrived in a timely fashion in their life, coinciding with a larger issue they were dealing with. We humans are in a key position to be material conduits for spiritual assistance.
Coinciding? There are no coincidences. God works in mysterious ways, creates, or takes advantage of anything that might assist one of his children. Countless celestial hosts hover around us, sometimes planting seeds in our minds that will one day be fruitful in a life, sometimes harvesting that fruit to share with someone else never once even encountered by the farmer. The act is ours, the consequences God’s. And small acts can have huge impacts.
To be of service. That is the engine of a spirit driven life. What Monica and I offer is just another service. If it’s useful… wonderful. If it’s not, nothing has been lost; and who knows what the future may hold? You’re free to use it one day or not, as needed.
But we implore you to join in this service. Please broadly spread any story that touches you; there may be someone, somewhere who will find it through a friend, on a bulletin board, in a church flyer or in the local paper. It might just fill a need in someone’s life. And of course, once these stories leave the garden, they are feral, owned by no one, free to be translated, transformed, restated, quoted from… use your imagination. I know we do.
Spiritual Opportunities Surround us.
The Soul Crafters
No, I don’t mean a cobbler; that’s for a sole. And when was the last time you went to a cobbler for shoes, a tailor for clothes, even a farmer for fresh eggs? Our world is fast, cheap, discardable, mass market and ASAP! Most things are made to be quickly replaced by a newer model.
When you do need an expert, just ask around. If it’s a real pro you want, his/her reputation is usually well established. But the best of the best? They’re rare indeed, usually out of our price range, and the wait time can be prohibitive.
But if your inner soul needs repair, I have just the team for you! They’ve been around forever. They were the ones who began your soul’s creation (with your unwitting help; you’ve been responsible for making key decisions along the way since you were young.)
It’s a Mom/Pop/Son family outfit. The Son’s in charge of the local franchise, but they work as a team, always available. They make house calls, provide service around the clock, and have an amazing staff! They will design and carry out the perfect personal plan for your soul’s birth, upkeep, and growth.
It all begins with a thorough analysis of your soul’s needs. In fact, your personal information is already in their data base. Careful listeners, they can readily tell if your self-description is accurate, though they’re very discreet and allow ample time for you to realize your genuine needs more fully.
The next step involves community service; this is always put toward credit for payment. (We’ll get into cost later.) It’s a pay-as-you-go type of thing, and you’ll be given regular assignments which can more than amply cover the cost of soul growth.
This soul building service fits in nicely with your personal skill set, so you’re always able to complete assignments when you try hard enough. If new skills are required, they can be taught by their expert staff or at a local educational institution. And the jobs they find for you? Mine are great!
They’re pricey, but the daily installment plan is affordable, just prayer, worship, communion, and service. (You’ll be making those payments for an eternity.) The burden is light, and the yoke is easy. They’ll be with you every step of the way, will never leave, even when the work is complete. And happily, it never will be. Tell a friend! New souls are always in high demand.
Angels are standing by 24/7. Use your My-phone.