My Interview with God

I once dreamed that I had an interview with God.

The following text records the highlights of that otherworldly conversation.

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God asked, as though surprised, “You want to interview me?”

I dared to say, “Yes, if you have the time.” God smiled. “My time is eternity. Now, what questions do you have for me?”

I ventured to inquire, “What surprises you most about humankind?”
God answered:

“That they get bored with childhood and they rush to grow up. Then they long to be children again.

“That they lose their health to make money. Then they lose their money to restore their health.

“That by thinking anxiously about the future, they forget the present. Then, in their anxiousness, they live neither in the present nor in the future.

“That they live as though they will never die. Then they die as though they have never lived.” God paused for a moment. God’s hand took mine. Together we were silent for a spell.

Then I asked, “As a parent, what are some life-lessons you want your children to learn?

Once again, God smiled. God replied:

“To learn that they cannot make anyone love them. All they can do is let themselves be loved.

“To learn that it is not wise to compare themselves with others.

“To learn that a rich person is not the one who has the most but is the one who needs the least.

“To learn that it only takes a few seconds to open a profoundly deep wound in a person whom they love, but it takes many years for that deep wound to heal.

“To learn that there are persons who love them dearly but who simply do not know how to express or display their feelings.

“To learn that two people can look at the same scene or object or event and they will both see that scene, object or event differently.

“To learn that it is not always enough that they be forgiven by others and that they must forgive them- selves.

“To learn that forgiveness takes practice. “And…to learn that I am with them always.” God gently squeezed my hand.

And I woke up.

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October is a month of changes.

The outside temperature changes from warmer to cooler.

The colors of the leaves change from green to red and orange and yellow. The farming season changes from a time of growing to a time of harvesting. In this month of changes, may your own journey of faith…change.

May you change from speaking about God to speaking with God.

May you change from talking at God to listening to God.

May you change from running from God to running to God.

In the midst of change, may you hold fast to God’s promise that does not change: “Remember, I am with you always….” (Matthew 28:20)

Beside you in the journey of faith,
Rev. Barbara