BEN: God, I’m livid. the house caught on fire,
GOD: I know-
BEN: SHUT UP!
GOD: DO NOT TELL GOD TO SHUT UP!
BEN: As I was saying.
GOD: (crossing his arms) Continue.
BEN: The house caught on fire, Nancy has cancer, Amy is sick with whooping cough, James is broke, and Daniel still doesn’t have a girlfriend-
BEN: HEY! he was my friend, okay?
GOD: I’m just saying he could have asked for my help!
BEN: Well, you know he’s atheist, I’m sorry. I’m sorry he offended your compassionate little heart there, but uh, yeah, no use convincing him…(winces) ..like I said God, we’re not all that clear in our heads… I mean, I just really want some peace and quiet. Something that will let me know that this string of horrors is going to be over and I can reassure myself that you exist.
GOD: but you never needed reassuring, Benjamin.
BEN: I know, I know. but I’m older now and…I mean..I think everyone gets doubtful once in a while.
GOD: What’s there to doubt?
BEN: I don’t think you’d understand it, God. it’s a…it’s a mortal thing. We- cling to our senses and what our mind tells us and nothing else. It’s why I’d still like it if you helped us out more…
GOD: Son, have you ever heard the phrase “everything happens for a reason” ?
BEN: (long pause) really?
GOD: I’m just saying, maybe you should start thinking about the divine purpose behind everything that goes on in your life.
BEN: Arrrgk, stop with all the philosophy! I just wanted to complain, just wanted some answers- I didn’t want a lecture. But, of course, I knew I wasn’t going to get it anyway, so what was I thinking?
GOD: (smiles) have a good day, Benjamin
BEN: Yeah, have a great one.
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