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A Little Confrontational Anxiety
by Julie Michaelson
08/06/07
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And now,
little children,
abide in Him, so that
when He appears
we may have confidence
and not shrink
from Him in shame at
His Coming
[1 John 2:28]
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"Do we all have to meet
with You, Lord?"

"Yes."

"Well, that answer doesn't
really give us a lot of leeway."

"No."

"Aw, come on Lord.
Can't You give me a break?"

"Child, with Whom are you speaking?"

"Uh, well; didn't You give all
of my relatives good shoes in the
desert? You know; You gave'em
some kind of sneakers that didn't
wear out."

[PATIENT NOD.]

"What were they made of
anyhow, Lord? Even this
day and age of the digital
phone, they can't make
stuff like that."

"No."

"What IS a digital phone, Lord?
Do You know? I asked my friend,
but she didn't know, either."

"It is a great mystery, child."

"Yeah, I agree.
Anyhow, about this meeting with You..."

"What about it."

"Well, is there some way
to get out of it, Lord?
'Cuz, You know, I'm not really
into these big confrontations.
To be honest, I like to avoid
them, altogether."

"Yes. I know, child."

"So?"

[SILENCE.]

"What about it?"

"What about what."

"LORD! ARE YOU LISTENING?
WHAT ARE YOU DOING:
looking at your email?
I really detest when folks
do that: browse their
mailbox while they're talking
to me on the phone."

"Child, with Whom are
you speaking?"

"Well......
(wave hands around in the air)
You know: the Lord..."

[SILENCE.]

"Well, all these Christian songs
say that we should try to be
friends with You: like
pals, or somethin'."

"Ah. I see."

"I wasn't really brought up
that way. We were all scared
to death of You."

[SILENCE.]

"I guess it all comes back to
juggling You, Lord.
On one hand, I've got the
big, mean Jewish God of
my not so lovely youth,
and on the other, is the
nice all sweet Christian God
of my less than lovely
middle age."

"Well put, child."

"Yeah; I think so too, Lord.
So, do I still have to meet
with You?
Can't I get it, like,
waived, or something?"

"No. Forget about it."

"Eh......I'd be too embarrassed.
I really don't want to, Lord.
I'm just not the type."

"I know."

"And, You know, there's so
many people who ARE real
excited about meeting with You,
Lord. I'm sure You'll have
plenty to do, just with them.
You'll be so busy.....
You won't have the time."

"I MAKE time, child."

"Oy. That's really.....
that's too big for my brain, Lord.
I'm still having trouble about
the digital phone."

[SMILE.]

"Well, can't You at least
think about it: this
meeting business?"

[SILENCE.]

"I'm just.....not comfortable
with this."

[MORE SILENCE.]

"I get squeamish just thinking
about it."

[PATIENT SILENCE]

"Neah; it's just not for me."

"Ah, but you are for Me, child."
****************************
There I will meet with you,
and from above the mercy seat,
from between the two cherubim
that are upon the ark of the testimony,
I will speak with you....
[Exodus 25:22]





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