Hi God. You there?
Where else would I be?
Just making sure. I don’t want my words to simply be blowing in the wind.
I inspired that.
The song. Blowing in the Wind. Do you really think Dylan was born with that talent?
Uh, sorry God. I never really liked Dylan.
Sigh. I had done all I could for him. I’m not a magician, you know.
Right. Well, I wanted to speak to you for a few moments if you have the time.
Sure. What’s on your mind, kid?
Well, you know. I mean…you’re God. You should know. Shouldn’t you?
Well, here’s the thing. I believe in you, quite strongly. I believe you’re involved in every aspect of my life. Hell, I even thank you when I find a good parking space!
Yes, I’ve received those messages. Let’s just keep “hell” out of this, if you don’t mind.
Oh…yeah, sure. No problem. So, it’s like this, I know I haven’t been doing too well in the area of religious practice, but I just wanted to make sure that you know it doesn’t mean that I stopped believing. I’m just in a transition period.
And where is it that you think you’re transitioning to?
Not sure yet.
God, I just needed for you to know that I’m not doing anything to spite you. I just have some things I need to figure out for myself. Oh, and I’m trying really hard not to blame you.
Blame me? What did I do?
Well, there’s a lot of turbulence in my life. It seems like the struggle never ends. In fact, I can’t remember when things were not turbulent.
And you think that’s MY fault?
You’re the ONE who’s in charge. “The buck stops here,” right?
That was Truman. Get your facts straight. And here’s a heads up for you, when you sin you harm the entire world. When you follow my mitzvot that I clearly outlined in the Torah, rather eloquently I might add, it’s as if you are saving the entire world. So the buck stops with you kid.
God, that’s a huge responsibility you’re putting on my shoulders.
Yeah, tell me about it. But you can relax. Have you never read Pirkei Avot ? ( 2:21), “It is not your duty to complete the work [of repairing the world], but neither are you free to desist from it.”
That sounds more reasonable.
Thank you, kid. I try. Now, did YOU ever try praying?
I’ve been busy, preoccupied with just trying to keep my head above water. Besides, I thought you cannot petition the Lord with prayer.
You’re quoting to me Jim Morrison? Seriously? Look kid, you can talk to me whenever you want. Pour out your feelings, your desires, your dreams. Tell me how you think things ought to be. I welcome stuff like that. It helps break up my day.
You mean I should give you my wish list?
Sure. Why not? Couldn’t hurt, right? But, hey, I’m not guaranteeing anything. You’ve got to pull your weight too. I can fix the problem but I want your participation. Think of it as a partnership. Except, you’re on the lower rung of the ladder, and I’m…well….I’m God.
A partnership? I don’t get it. You need my help?
It’s like this kid, I gave you the divine sparks. It’s up to you to awaken them. Do you even know when it was the last time you spoke to me?
I’m guessing, a while ago?
Damn right, kid! So get things rolling. Stir things up! Now, is it so hard to say “Help me God?” Maybe you can try asking for a sign or a clue how to repair the broken part of your life, or the broken part of this world. Man, I love when people ask for signs.
Yeah, it engages my creative side. You can even ask for strength to follow through. I’m happy to share.
I’m not sure if I can get into the praying thing.
And just what is it that you think you’re doing right now? Look, here it is in a nutshell: when you pray and when you give tzedakah (charity or acts of justice), you are stimulating the divine sparks, not only from me but from within you. You may not always see the results on your physical level of existence because there are other levels that you’re not privy to. You can’t control what happens when you stir up the flow of goodness with your words of prayer or your acts of tzedakah, but, you do have the power to stir things up and then leave the rest to God…
You mean leave the rest up to You.
Hell yeah! Oops. I mean Heaven yeah! You catch on fast, kid.