I waited patiently for the LORD;
He inclined to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me up from the pit of despair,
out of the miry clay;
He set my feet upon a rock,
and made my footsteps firm.
He put a new song in my mouth,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Q. Do you know who I am?
A. Does it matter?
Q. Why have you summoned me?
A. You didn’t answer my question.
Q. Am I to provide the answers?
Q. Then why can I only ask questions?
A. Because that’s how the answers come.
Q. Through questions?
A. Through questions.
Q. Such as?
A. Such as why.
Q. Why what?
A. Why not?
Q. What kind of an answer is that?
A. A frivolous one, I suppose.
Q. Frivolous? Or evasive?
A. You suddenly seem to challenge me. I would say — frivolous, and evasive. I did have a question looming in my mind. A question that begins with “why.” But it doesn’t end with the word “not.”
Q. Why not?
A. Because it’s deeper than that. And larger. And more germane to my recent struggles.
Q. What was the question?
A. The question was: “Why can’t I let go of past hurts, and enjoy the blessings of the present?”
Q. Was that your question?
A. Yes, it was.
Q. Then why didn’t you ask it in the first place?
A. Because no sooner did I form the question, than I had already realized the answer. And then I didn’t need you any longer.
Q. But — but — what is the answer?
A. Ask me the question, and I will tell you the answer.
The Questioner clears his throat.
Q. Ahem. Why can’t you let go of past hurts, and enjoy the blessings of the present?
A. I can.
Q. You can?
A. Yes, I can. And, in fact, I have.
Q. You have??
A. Yes, I have.
Q. When did this happen?
A. About a half hour ago.
Q. Are you trying to tell me that a half hour ago, you let go of past hurts, and began to enjoy the blessings of the present?
Q. How did this happen?
A. It’s a miracle. It’s the Miracle of Life. The hurt was huge, and I prayed, and I prayed fervently, even after accusing God of never answering my prayer. And then, I can’t explain it, but the hurt was lifted from me. The hurt of an entire year or more, the way I was mistreated by — by someone whom I loved. Somehow it was removed. Completely removed. And the whole world opened up to me. I am no longer angry, or afraid.
Q. You aren’t??
A. No. I’m not.
Q. Will this last??
A. Does it matter? All any of us have is today.
Q. But what about tomorrow?
A. We know not what it brings.
Q. And yesterday?
A. Gone. All gone.
Q. Are you honestly trying to tell me that you have let go completely?
A. Yes. And there are tears of joy streaming down my face. All the anger: all the inner rage; has been replaced with inner peace. This is one of the greatest days of my life.
Q. Then what more can I do for you?
A. Not much, I’m afraid. But I do appreciate your indulgence on this matter. It’s just that — I have no further need of you — for now.
The Questioner is silent.
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