The True Man

A fictional account of what’s really real. /

I don’t know if it was a dream or vision. I’d just returned from the hospital, so maybe it was the leftover effects of the morphine. In any case, The Event—as I now call it—was unnerving, though with time, it’s become more of a fading shadow.

I found myself in the presence of an old man with a scraggly and unkempt beard, mostly gray with flecks of black, that framed a welcoming smile. But it was his eyes that caught me. Definite lines with crows’ feet at the edges. As for the eyes themselves—well, I didn’t think love could be communicated with only a look. I sensed I was in the presence of my loving heavenly Father. But as the conversation ensued, I began to wonder if he was just a spacey octogenarian.

“Hello,” I said, reaching out my hand to shake his. I didn’t know if this was appropriate, actually, but I didn’t know what else to do. “I’m Michael.”

“Michael?” he replied. “Don’t I know you?”

That surprised me. It was the first clue that maybe this was not the Almighty.

“I think you do,” I replied, still assuming it might be.

“Oh. Tell me more.”

I thought of something the Almighty would surely have noticed recently. “I’m the Michael who failed yesterday to help his wife clean up the house for dinner guests, and then let her do the dishes as well, while I read Sports Illustrated.”

“I’m afraid I don’t know that Michael.”

“Come on,” I said in surprise. My mind searched for things the Holy One would definitely recognize. “You know, the Michael who lingers too long over revealing images of women. Who has ...

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Issue 3 / August 21, 2014
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  3. The ‘Spiritual Music’ of a Beautiful World

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  4. The Great ‘I AM’ or ‘I WAS’?

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