Amos: thumper learns about god s ways Amos: Thumper learns about God’s ways

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.

boss i don t know if

people folks like

you ever have any

problems like this

but we have a

noisy loud-mouthed

preacher toad down

here in the church

pew underworld

he rants and he

raves he prances

and he parades

he yells at trembling

little ants and fleas

he stomps and he

hollers enough to

shake the trees

did i tell you he was

a bit obnoxious boss

question mark here

i preach and i teach

i teach and i preach

says he to any sad

soul willing to

listen i can tell

you what s wrong

with you – and how

to make things right

yep that s our buddy

theodore toad but

everybody calls him

thumper because he

hops around and

pounds on his bible

all the time

anyway thumper got

depressed the other day

boss it seems nobody was

listening to him

so he up and goes to

see the most spiritual

bug in the kingdom

virgil the praying mantis

virgil what s wrong

with everybody i keep

yelling and preaching

and teaching and telling

them what s wrong

but nobody cares

nobody really listens

maybe you re playing

the part of amateur

providence in other s

lives and they don t

see it as a good role

for you virgil says

in fact i m not sure

god sees it as a good

role for you

just what do you

mean by that crack

thumper says rather

defensively

oh nothing virgil

replies undaunted it s

just that sometimes we

can be so noisy in our

instruction of others that

god can t get anywhere

near us to teach us

but you don t see i feel

like i always have to

have an answer for god

says thumper

oh really virgil says

god can t answer for

himself – or is it that

he s really worried

about what any creature

says about him and his

creation or that he s

afraid the clay pot will

shake its fist in his face as

the master potter

no not necessarily

thumper says thoughtfully

i guess i hadn t thought

of things like that

sometimes we have to

keep our mouths shut and

our spirits alert says

virgil the prayer warrior

god wants to instruct us

about his son and he wants

to turn our times of prayer

into mounts of transfiguration

but we won t let him

anytime we re certain of

the way god is going to

work he may never work

in that way again

god won t be put in a box to

be categorized or analyzed -

he just simply wants

us to get to know him

amos

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