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Marjorie Gottlieb Wolfe
Syosset, New York

In the Nov. 14, 2008, copy of "The Week,"
journalist, Sally Quinn, writes that she never put much faith in faith.  "Even at age 6, when I was forced to go to Sunday school, I never believed in God."  She continues, "At 13 I learned the word  'athiest' and announced to my parents that's what I was."

When her son, Quinn Bradlee, was born with a hole in his heart, Quinn found herself praying fervently for his life.  She says, "Nothing happened.  I didn't feel anything.  No sense of comfort, no feeling of being embraced.  I didn't try praying again."

In 1992, at a California spa, she became fascinated by a huge labyrinth that was traced on the ground.  She was told to walk it focusing on something important to her. She entered the labyrinth and walked very deliberatey toward the center.  She held an image of a normal healthy Quinn.
She said, "The tears came streaming down my face as I saw my gorgeous little boy, smiling, his arms outstretched, reassuring me that he was going to be just fine."  Her son has since grown to manhood, and Quinn now sees divinity in the everyday world.  She says, "My image of God may not
be the personal God so many pray to.  But, yes, I do believe in the everyday preciousness of life.  That is what I call God."

Rabbi Anchelle Perl, Chabad of Mineola, New York, shared a beautiful story via his website:

The piece was titled, "After the Elections Time to Have Lunch With God."  With his permission, I'd like to share the article.

A little boy wanted to meet G-D.  He knew it was a long trip to where G-D lived, so he packed his suitcase with twinkies and a six pack of Root beer and he started his journey.

When he had gone about three blocks, he met an old woman.  She was sitting in the park just staring at some pigeons.  The boy sat down next to her and opened his suitcase.  He was about to take a drink from his root beer when he noticed that the old lady looked hungry, so he offered her a twinkie.  She gratefully accepted it and smiled at him.

Her smile was so pretty that the boy wanted to see it again, so he offered her a root beer.  Again, she smiled at him.  The boy was delighted!  They sat there all afternoon eating and smiling, but they never said a word.

As it grew dark, the boy realized how tired he was and he got up to leave, but before he had gone more than a few steps, he turned around, ran back to the old woman, and gave her a hug.  She gave him her biggest smile.

When the boy opened the door to his own house a short time later, his mother was surprised by the look of joy on his face.

She asked him, "What did you do today that made you so happy?"  He replied, "I had lunch with G-D."  But before his mother could respond, he added, "You know what?
She's got the most beautiful smile I've ever seen!"

Meanwhile, the old woman, also radiant with joy, returned to her home.  Her son was stunned by the look of peace on her face and he asked, "Mother, what did you do today that made you so happy?"  She replied, "I ate twinkies in the park with G-D."  However, before her son responded, she added, "You know, he's much younger than I expected."...

Have you ever wondered what kids think about G-d? published a piece titled, "Dear GOD, from Kids."

Dear GOD
Instead of letting people die and having to make new ones, why don't You just keep the ones You have?

Dear GOD,
If you watch me in church on Sunday, I'll show You my new shoes.

Dear GOD,
I bet it is very hard for You to love all of everybody in the whole world.  There are only 4 people in our family and I can never do it."

Dear GOD,
In school they told us what You do. Who does it when You are on vacation?

Dear GOD,
Are You really invisible or is it just a trick?

Dear GOD,
Is it true my father won't get in Heaven if he uses his bowling words in the house?

Dear GOD,
Did You mean for the giraffe to look like that or was it an accident?

Dear GOD,
I went to this wedding and they kissed right in church.  Is that okay?

Dear GOD,
Thank you for the baby brother, but what I prayed for was a puppy.

Dear GOD,
It rained for our whole vacation and is my father mad!  He said some things about You that people are not supposed to say, but I hope You will not hurt him anyway. Your friend, (But I am not going to tell You who I am)

Dear GOD,
My brother is a rat.  You should give him a tail.  Ha!  Ha!

Dear GOD,
I want to be just like my Daddy when I get big but not with so much hair all over.

Dear GOD,
You don't have to worry abut me.  I always look both ways.

Dear GOD,
I think about You sometimes even when I'm not praying

Dear GOD,
My brother told me about being born but it doesn't sound right.  He's just kidding, isn't he?

Dear GOD,
We read Thomas Edison made light.  But in Sunday school they said You did it.  So I bet he stole your idea.
Sincerely, Donna

Dear GOD,
I didn't think orange went with purple until I saw the sunset You made on Tuesday. That was cool.

Marjorie Gottlieb Wolfe says, "G-d gives us
the ingredients for our daily bread, but
He expects us to do the baking."


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