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The Puppy Part
by Julie Michaelson
06/04/10
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Then
Jesus,
moved wih
compassion,
stretched out
His Hand
and
touched him,
and said to him,
'I am willing;
be cleansed.'
[Mark 1:41]
**********************
"Why didn't Ya,
Lord?"

[SMILE.]
"Did who
what,
child."

(Irritable squint.)
"Uh, UH!
I didn't say "WHO'!
I said 'WHY'!

[PATIENT SQUINT.]
"Why what,
child?"

(Frustrated sqirm.)
(Impatient shake of the
scruffy, head-cold-head.)
"No!
NO!
You REALLY gotta start
takin' some AMERICAN
ENGLISH COURSES.....
LORD!"

[CHUCKLE.]

"Ya know: You can now
take 'em....ONLINE!"

[PATIENT NOD.]
[SMILE.]

"Why DIDN'T Ya,
LORD: put in a PUPPY-PART?"

[PATIENT SILENCE
OF A TOTALLY
BESMITTEN
FATHER.]

"Ya KNOW: a PART
ABOUT JESUS HEALING
A LITTLE PUPPY FOR ONE
'A THE KIDS THAT CAME
UP TO HIM!"

[PATIENT GAZE UPON
SCRUFFY CHILD WEARING
TWO BATHROBES, WHOSE
ONE TIE IS DRAGGING ON
THE FLOOR BEING BATTED ABOUT,
QUITE LAZILY BY A SENIOR CAT*,
AND CARRYING A BOX OF KLEENEX,
A PLASTIC BEAR-SHAPED JAR OF HONEY,
AN OLD SPOON THAT HAS SEEN A COUPLE
ROUNDS IN THE GARBAGE DISPOSAL HOLE,
AN ODDLY-SHAPED BLUE PLASTIC
THERMAL MUG FILLED WITH CINNAMON
HERBAL TEA AND A BOX
OF DAYQUIL.]
"Ah.
When did this happen,
Mein kin'der?"

(Shrug.)
(Drip some more honey
into plastic thermal-thing.)
(Drip some honey onto
the Bible page, opened onto.)
(Lick finger and dab the
honey-spot on the page of 'Mark 1'.)
(The spotted part tears a little.)
"I DUNNO!
But.....I'm sure it HAPPENED,
at ONE POINT: some little
kid came up to Jesus in the
town square, where He is
teaching, and holds up his
little puppy: one with a big white
spot over one of his huge,
limpid, big brown eyes...
and a sore and
broken PAW!"

[CHUCKLE.]
"It is not in the Scriptures,
little one."

(Sipping some now-tepid-
cinnamon-with-lemon-tea-
laced-with-an-inordinant-
amount-of-clover-honey-
from-Walmart.)
"Yeah?"
(Slurp.)
"Well......it SHOULD BE!
WHY NOT?"

"Because,
child."

"You would'a made a big
HIT, with all the twenty-first
CENTURY people! All of us
LIKE that sort'a STUFF!
We LOVE ANIMALS!
WE LOVE PET-STORIES,
LORD!"

[NODDING.]
[SMILING.]
[CHUCKLING COMING
OVER FROM THE RIGHT
SIDE OF THE THRONE.]

"It would'a been a big HIT!
EVERYBODY would've
LOVED IT: the JEWS,
THE GENTILES, THE
MOSLEMS, THE BUDDHISTS,
THE HINDUS....the BAPTISTS.
THE MORMANS....EVERYBODY!"

[WIPING TEARS OF MIRTH
AWAY FROM HIS EYES.]
"I understand,
Mein Kin'der."

"THESE DAYS...
PEOPLE SEE ANIMALS
LIKE....like..
LITTLE BABIES!
NOT BEASTS OF BURDEN,
like back in Y'UR DAYS!"

[NODDING PATIENTLY.]
[SMILING.]
"I understand,
Mein kin'der."

"It would'a been such a
HIT, that You'd be gettin'
MORE PEOPLE conVERTED....
and get the SHOW on the
ROAD!"

[STOP CHUCKLING FOR
A MOMENT.]
[PATIENT SQUINT.]
"What show.....
on what road,
My child?"

(Impatient squirm.)
"I keep FORGETTIN',
LORD! Y'ur AMERICAN
ENGLISH isn't UP TO SNUFF!"
(Impatient pause.)
"It MEANS THAT......
Ya know: hurrying up
that Big Day.....that is COMING!"

[SMILING.]
[NOD.]
"Ah.
I see,
child."

"SEE WHAT I MEAN?
With a PUPPY-STORY,
like THAT......You could'a
gotten the NEWS SPREAD
a whole lot FASTER! YOU
don't know PEOPLE, the
way I DO, LORD!"

[CURIOUS SQUINT.]
"No,
child?"

"NO!
At least not...21st CENTURY
PEOPLE! For ONE thing,
they don't like to READ....
as MUCH! But that PUPPY-
STORY in the NEW TESTAMENT
would have been known...ANYWAY!
EVERYBODY would be able
to TELL IT: EVERYBODY:
young and OLD, rich and
POOR, regular-I.Q.'s and....
the BRILLIANTS! EVERYBODY!
EVEN THE JEWS! AND THEY
NEVER READ THE NEW TESTAMENT!"

[NODDING.]
"Ah.
I see."

"I quess...it's too late
to CHANGE it.....
huh, LORD."

[PATIENT NOD.]

(Sigh.)
(Shake scruffy, sinus-
clogged head.)
"Ya should'a really asked
for my OPINION, about
it, LORD......before it was WRITTEN."

[SMILE.]
[TEASING GLEAM IN
HIS EYE.]
"I would have,
little one......
but,
you were still a
wee thing......
lying in the
Palm
of
My
Hand."
************************
I say
to you,
arise,
take up
your bed,
and
go
to your
house.
[Mark 2:11]


__________________
*Going on age
17: with more
personality than
any man,
its owner
has
ever met.

If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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Joanne Sher  04 Jun 2010
Always so fun and creative and with a lesson. Truly was blessed by this.




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