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Let the singing begin

I tell the following story in my book, Take My Hand: A Theological Memoir, which I learned from one of my mentors, Carson Brisson at Union Presbyterian Seminary.

 

Once upon a time there was a village where there lived a student who desired to learn and a rabbi who delighted to learn. One spring, student came to rabbi, who was seated, and said, “To learn is my desire.”

“And what would you learn?” rabbi asked.

Student replied, “The story of God’s own heart.”

Rabbi, hearing this, wept, and said to student, “Go away. Listen more. Then return.”

The next spring, student came to rabbi, who was seated, and said, “To learn is my desire.”

“And what would you learn?” rabbi asked.

Student replied, “Each word of the story of God’s own heart.”

Rabbi, hearing this, wept, and said to student, “Go away. Listen more. Then return.”

The next spring, student came to rabbi, who was seated, and said, “To learn is my desire.”

“And what would you learn?” rabbi asked.

Student replied, “Each letter of each word of the story of God’s own heart.”

Rabbi, hearing this, wept, and said to student, “Go away. Listen more. Then return.”

The next spring, student came to rabbi, who was seated, and said, “To learn is my desire.”

“And what would you learn?” rabbi asked.

Student, replied, “Each space between each letter of each word of the story of God’s own heart.”

Rabbi, hearing this, stood and began to sing softly, “So now we can begin.”

As he sang, he began to dance, “So now we can begin!”

 

Thank you to each and every person who has read this blog. You have helped me to sing.

About Andrew Taylor-Troutman

I am a pastor and a preacher, a writer, a husband and a father. My professional and personal lives are deeply involved with story-telling: stories that are silly and poignant or profound and commonplace. Stories that are tear-jerkers and belly-shakers. Stories about my son, Sam, and the congregation I serve, New Dublin Presbyterian Church. Each in its own way, these personal narratives shed light on the great story that God is writing with humankind and all of creation.

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