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One Minute after the Rapture
by Julie Michaelson
05/28/08
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Lo!
I tell you a mystery.
We shall not all sleep,
but we shall all be
changed,
in a moment,
in the twinkling
of an eye,
at the last
trumpet.
For the trumpet
will sound....
[1 Corinthians 15:51-52]
****************************
[GENTLE KNOCK, KNOCK.]

[GRUFF VOICE.]
"COME IN!"

[SOFT VOICE.]
"They're here, Father."

[GRUFF NOD.]
"SO? NU?
How did It GO?"

[GENTLE SIGH.]
"Well........It wasn't as
Smooth as We thought
It was gonna be."

[BIG, GRUFF FROWN.]
"WHAT?
What do You MEAN?
What HAPPENED?"

[GENTLE SIGH.]
"Well........I just didn't
anticipate all the kvetching
that was gonna go on."

[BIG FROWN.]
[NOD.]
"And, who STARTED it?
[GRUFF SIGH.]
As if I didn't know,
ALREADY!"

[PATIENT NOD.]
"Two seconds after
I called them up:
it started."

[BURST OUT LAUGHING!]
"TWO? I'm SURPRISED!
I thought it would be ONE!"

[PATIENT NOD.]
"It probably was, Father.
Except that, Ya know,
I was so busy and all......
just tryin' to get all the
angels organized, and all...
I don't want to say I told
You so, but........"

[GRUFF SHAKE OF THE HEAD.]
"Well, I had to let him be part
of It, Son. He had been really
looking forward to it: not to
mention all his practicing.
[GRUFF SIGH.]
Humphrey's means well,
though somehow, he always
bungles everything he sets his
mind to."

[KNOWING SHRUG.]
"Yes.
[SIGH.]
Well.......I still don't know why
We had to give him the head job
of Main Trumpet Blower.
The 'Call to Rapture' sort'a
sounded like a mooing cow
with a bad cud ache."

[GRUFF SHRUG.]
"Well, it was the Thought
that counted.
[PUT HAND TO CHIN,
IN CONSTERNATION.]
SO?
What HAPPENED?"

[GENTLE SIGH.]
"Well......that's ANOTHER
issue We disagreed on;
I told Ya; We should have
waited another hundred years,
Father.
[LONG SIGH.]
"It would have gone a LOT
more SMOOTHER."

[NOD.]
"Nu?"

[SIGH.]
"Well, I certainly don't wanna
say 'I told Ya so.'......"

[GRUFF VOICE.]
"Alright; alright!
So, what happened.......?"

[GENTLE SHAKE OF THE HEAD.]
"Well.......after the
Last Shofar Blast........
which really sounded like a fog
horn in the night that had a
family of screech owls living
nearby......"

[GRUFF, IMPATIENT NOD.]
"Go on."

[SMILE.]
"Well......I was just getting
everybody assembled, when it started:

Where's my cats?
Where's my CATS?
Where's MY CATS?
WHERE'S MY CATS?"

[GRUFF NOD.]

[PATIENT SIGH.]
"Immediately, I tried to
lovingly calm her down, but......."

[GRUFF NOD.]
"It didn't work."

[SIGH.]
"Not at all.
[SIGH.]
Actually, it just got worse:
all the other children heard it,
and began sayin' the same
thing:

Where's my gold FISH?
What about my TARANTULA?
Where's my PARAKEET?
What about my POODLE?
I want my LIZARD!
Hey, where's my DOBERMAN
PINCHER?
HEY! What about my 2 FERRETS?
How come I don't have my
BASSETT HOUNDS,
with ME?
Where's my MACAW?

And, stuff like that, Father.
Somehow it caught on
and before long, the Whole
Rapture was sounding more
like a picket rally at a
Labor Union strike.
[SIGH.]
It wasn't the peaceful and
sweetly musical Event that I had
always envisioned."
[SIGH.]

[LAUGH!]
"Well, they ARE Our Children!
We'll just have to make the
BEST of it."

[PATIENT SIGH.]
"Well......I suppose.
Are You ready to come SEE
them? Be PREPARED!"

[GRUFF SIGH.]
[SHAKE OF HEAD.]
"I'm surprised she didn't
want to know where the horse
was."

[LONG PAUSE.]
"You mean, Eight Belles:
the one who died at the
Kentucky DERBY?"

[GRUFF NOD.]

[PATIENT SIGH.]
"Oh.
[LOVING SMILE!]
Well, that was
the first thing she asked,
when we arrived Here,
Father. For One Blessed
Moment, everyone had
quieted down: and that's
when she yelled, in a rather
kvetchy voice:

"SO?
Where IS she?"

[GRUFF NOD.]
"Did You TELL her?"

[SMILE.]
"No. I thought You'd
like to do the honors."

[SMILE!]
"That We renamed it,
'Daisy Mae'?"

[SMILE OF A SAVIOR.]
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For the Lord Himself
will descend from heaven
with a cry
of command,
with the
archangel's call,
and with
the sound
of the trumpet
of God.....
then we who are alive,
who are left,
shall be caught up
together with them
in the clouds
to meet
the Lord
in the air.
[1 Thessalonians 4:16-17]

________________________
Thanks to Denise,
for suggesting the
Scripture.







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