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Story Time

Where is G-d?

Where is G-d?
Is He really there?
It sure looks like
He's not anywhere.

First I looked in the sky.
Couldn't see G-d up there.
Hurried past an old lady,
On her folding chair.

I looked behind bushes -
Never follow your nose!
In one bush it got poked
By the thorn on a rose!

I felt kind of silly -
But I wanted to know.
How can I believe
In a G-d who won't show?

A manhole was uncovered,
So I took a peek.
Didn't think I'd find G-d -
But this was Hide-and-Seek!

I turned over some rocks,
And I climbed up two trees,
But I scurried down one
When I met up with bees!

Found three birds in a nest,
Eating worms with their toes!
It did not look like G-d -
But that's how it goes!

I looked down at an anthill.
I looked through a hose.
I looked in a mailbox -
Well, one never knows...

"What you looking for, sonny?
Can I give you a hand?"
THE OLD LADY! - I jumped!
She'd never understand.

"I'm just looking..." I mumbled,
And tried hard to smile.
"I'm not busy," she said,
"Can I join you awhile?"

"You know what, little fellow?
You remind me - you do -
Way back when I was young,
I looked for G-d, like you.”

But, how did she know?
How much had she seen?
“Where is G-d?” I asked.
She whispered: “In between!”

“G-d hides in the grass,
Within each tiny blade.
He hides under rocks,
In the coolness of shade.”

“G-d hides inside things
That everyone sees.
You can even find G-d
While you're climbing trees!"

"G-d gets down with the ant.
Did you think that G-d can't!
In each bee full of zest -
In each bird in his nest.“

“This whole world's filled with G-d -
Seen with wide-open eyes.
G-d is out here right now,
Tucked within His disguise!”

"You'd already found G-d
By yourself here today.
Right on your own block -
G-d doesn't live far away!”

Now I know where G-d hides.
Up and down every street!
How I thanked my new friend -
It was so great to meet!

Do you know where G-d is?
I think you do.
And now that you know -
You can find G-d too!

Bracha Goetz is the Harvard-educated author of several children’s books, including Remarkable Park, What Do You See in Your Neighborhood? and The Invisible Book.

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Tue, October 17 2017 27 Tishrei 5778