a view from under the pew: the faith dream

By Gary Mitchell: Religion columnist

amos the churchmouse:

a view from under the pew

Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens.

the faith dream

boss i had a strange dream the
other night it had to do with
what faith really means

in the dream i was walking
through a setting of beautiful
woods and meadows until i
came to an extremely deep chasm

both edges of the chasm fell
away sharply straight down
for hundreds of feet

boss i wanted desperately to
cross over to the lush verdant
beauty on the other side but no
bridge was anywhere to be found

as i was standing there on the
chasm s edge contemplating
what to do the word of the lord
came into my consciousness

cross over to the other side
says god to me

but lord there s no bridge

you start walking across and i
will provide the bridge says he

wait a minute lord says me
you build the bridge and then
i ll cross over how about that

no the answer came
you take a step over the edge
and i ll put down a plank for you

but lord i can t do that

do you want to obey me

yes lord but –

do you want my best that i
have prepared for you

yes lord

take a step over the edge

but lord –

do you believe that i can –
and will – do what i said

yes lord

then take the step

all right lord

so boss in fear and trembling i
poised my mousy self over the
edge of the chasm lifted my
front paw and dangled it
out into the thin air

just for a moment i hesitated
and then summoning every
ounce of whatever will was
within me based on my faith
in his word i brought my little
foot down over the edge of that
frightening chasm

and boss you won t believe it
but a plank suddenly
materialized right under my
paw – exclamation point here

oh god i m so glad you did that
says me gratefully

take another step

that s what i thought you said
says me but listen lord there s
only one plank out there and
it doesn t have enough room
on it for my other foot

take another step

all right lord

but boss it was tough i put my
weight on the plank very slowly
brought up my other little foot
and lowered it into the air over
the chasm