«hugs a tree»
«reads to it a bedtime story from Lonely Man of Faith»
which inspired the following:
Little JoeBear was looking for his God.
He looked in the toybin,
he looked in the closet,
he looked under the bed,
he even looked in his tatty's bes medresh,
but he couldn't find his God.
But he had faith that there was God.
So he went out for a walk.
* * *
He met a boy, who looked strangely familiar.
Do I know you? JoeBear asked.
I don't know, said the boy. Call me Adam.
OK, said JoeBear. Call me JoeBear. Have you seen God? I'm looking for Him.
No, said Adam. One can't see Him. But I know he exists.
So what does he want of us? asked JoeBear
To do good, to rule His world and build it up.
Wow, that sounds like a lot of work.
Yes it is, said Adam.
Can I help? asked JoeBear
Yes, but you have to find your own way, said Adam. My way works for me. It will not work for you, but you must find my way for yourself.
That's confusing, said JoeBear.
Yes it is, said Adam, but that's the way it has always been.
I'll have to think about that, said JoeBear.
Adam said, While you think, I have things to do, so see you around.
OK, see you later, said JoeBear, and continued walking.
* * *
Along came another boy, who also looked strangely familiar.
You look familiar, said JoeBear. Haven't we met somewhere?
Could be, said the boy. Call me Adam.
OK, said JoeBear, but I just met another Adam, so maybe I could call you Adam II?
That's fine, said the boy. What brings you out on this long lonely road?
I'm looking for God, said JoeBear.
Well you won't find him here, said Adam II. I've been looking for him too, and haven't found him yet.
So what keeps you going? asked JoeBear.
My faith that He exists, responded Adam II.
Can we look together, so I don't look everywhere you haven't found him?
That won't help. The quest is a lonely one. Each of us has to look for himself.
That sounds sad, said JoeBear.
Yes it is, replied Adam II, but I rest assured that all of us are engaged on the same journey. I know He exists, because God promised us so.
That makes me feel better, said JoeBear.
I've got to keep looking, said Adam II, but good luck on your quest.
I've got to think about these Adams, said JoeBear, and sat down on a quartered log.
* * *
After a while, JoeBear's Tatty came along.
JoeBear! You're all right! I've been worried about you, gone so long.
Yes, Tatty, said JoeBear, and told him of the Adams he had met.
I don't know which is right, the Adam who is out to conquer the world, or the Adam who shares our quest for God.
Tatty thought about it a while, and said, They're both right.
How can that be? cried JoeBear.
Tatty gave JoeBear an example. A funeral passes a bes medresh. Do we keep learning, or do we follow the funeral? The answer is yes - both have good reasons.
JoeBear thought about that a while.
Finally, JoeBear said, so you mean we have to follow both Adams? That both are trying to do God's will, and God's will is for both?
Yes, JoeBear, that's it. But it is a lonely quest, where you have to find your own way through the tension.
Hmm, said JoeBear. Those Adams looked strangely familiar. I wonder if they were me?
Could be, said Tatty. Could be.
And they went home to conquer a kugel.