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And, that's the rest of the Story
by Julie Michaelson
08/20/08
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Jacob dwelt in the land
of his father's sojournings
in the land of Canaan...
Joseph, being seventeen years old,
was shepherding the flock
with his brothers....
and Joseph brought an ill report
of them to their father.
Now Israel loved Joseph more
than any of his children.....
and he made him a long robe
with sleeves.
[Genesis 37:1-3]
***************************
"I'm sorry Lord,
but I think this story's really
stupid."

[PATIENT SILENCE.]

"Ever since I heard of it."

"Which one, child?"

"THIS one: the one
about the COAT!
(Squint.)
WHY would somebody
be wearing a big, heavy
EMBROIDERED coat...
ANYWAY?
In the middle of the
DESERT?"

[PATIENT NOD.]
"Read It to Me,
child."

"But, YOU know it!"

[PATIENT NOD.]
"Read It to Me,
beloved."

(Aggravated sigh.)
(Impatient ruffle of pages.)
"Yeah. It's way back here somewhere:

Now Joseph had a dream,
and when he told it to his
brothers they only hated
him the more.....
now his brothers went to pasture
their father's flock near
Shechem. And Israel said to
Joseph....I will send you to them...
before he came near...they
conspired... to kill him....
and they took him and
cast him into a pit....
Then Midianite traders passed by...
and sold him....for twenty
shekels of silver....
and took Joseph to Egypt.
[Genesis 37:5-28]

But, L.....O.....R......D!
If Joseph had never gone to
EGYPT.......his RELATIVES
never would have become
SLAVES! So......what was
the whole POINT of it?"

[SMILE.]
"Whose relatives, child?"

"Eh.....well, I guess they
MINE?"

[SOLEMN NOD.]

"Yeah; poor Pharaoh.
He probably wished Joseph's
big brood never showed UP."

"It is a Mystery,
My beloved."

"So......WHAT'S the MORAL
of the STORY, here:

If your dad gives you a real
nice coat, only wear it out
on DATES?

Never tell your brothers and
sisters your DREAMS....
especially the ones where
they're BOWING DOWN
to you?

Never TRAVEL to a place where
they have really deep,
dry WELLS, or PITS?

Be careful of the people
you WORK for....especially,
if the boss's wife is real
LONELY, and you're a
good-lookin' sevenTEEN
year old KID?

If somebody asks you to
interpret their DREAMS.....
make sure you get a signed
and notorized SIGNATURE
from them, that they will
put in a good WORD for
you with the PHAROAH?

If you get invited out to dinner,
just make sure the guy isn't
the long lost BROTHER that
you sold to a bunch of traveling
VENDORS, a few years BACK?

Never believe the cockamaney
STORIES
that your KIDS TELL you?

What?
WHAT?"

[PATIENT SIGH.]

(Irritated squint.)
"There's stuff I still don't
get, Lord."

"What is that,
My precious."

"Ya know, even when I
was a little Jewish kid
at Temple Judea, I never
understood this."

"What, Mein kinder.
What."

"I bet You're waiting
with bated breath, Lord."

"You would be surprised,
Mein kinder."

"WELL: how come in the
part where You're talkin'
to Moses....."

[INTERRUPT.)
"Read It, child."

"But.....we BOTH know
what it SAYS!"

[PATIENT NOD.]
"Good, My kind'alah.
Read It."

(Impatient nod.)
(More irritable ruffling
of pages.)
(Couple of the pages tear.)
"Yeah. Here it is:

Then the Lord said,
I have seen the
affliction of My people
who are in Egypt,
and
I have heard their cry
because of their
taskmasters.....
And now,
behold,
the cry of the
people of Israel
has come to Me.
[Exodus 3:7-9]

So......how come You're
sayin' to Moses,
You just HEARD
their CRIES?
What was goin' on,
the REST of the TIME?
How come You didn't hear
them at the BEGINNING?
(Irritated squint up at the ceiling.)
Wouldn't that have SAVED
them, like....a LOT a' MISERY?"

[PATIENT PAUSE.]
"What does My Word say,
beloved."

"Eh.....well, that You heard
their CRIES!"

[PATIENT NOD.]

"But......what were Ya doin'
for the OTHER part...of the 400 YEARS?
Didn't You hear their cries THEN?
I don't GET it?
Where WERE You during
all that TIME?
On PLUTO?"

"Are we being disrepectful,
My beloved?"

(Shake of the head.)
(Shocked, woe-be-gone look.)
"NO!
I would NEVER.......!"

[INTENSE, LONG GAZE.]
"Do you think I don't
know you,
My beloved?"

(Squirm.)
(Silence.)
"Uh, oh.
You said 'beloved' more
than twice: that can't be
good."
(Squeamish smile.)
(Wave puny hand in the air.)
All I'm SAYING....is that
that whole STORY doesn't
make any SENSE!"

[PATIENT NOD.]
"You need to read
the rest of the Story,
My child."

"But, I DID!"

"No.
[PAUSE.]
[LOVING GAZE.]
Not all of it."
************************
So all the generations
from Abraham to David
were fourteen
generations,
and from David
to the deportation
to Babylon
fourteen generations,
and from
the deportation
to Babylon
to the Christ
fourteen
generations.
[Matthew 1:17]



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Beth LaBuff  21 Aug 2008
I always enjoy reading your conversations with God. You are so creative with them.




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