Is God Distant and Within Us: When 2 Brothers Decided to Redistribute Wealth

Field of Crop

Two brothers worked together on a family farm. One was unmarried and the other married with children.

They shared what they grew equally as they always did, produce and profit. But one day the single brother said to himself, "You know, it's not right that we should share the produce equally, and the profit too. After all, I'am all alone, just by myself and my needs are simple. But there is my poor brother with a wife and all those children."

So in the middle of the night he took a sack of grain from his bin, crept over the field between their houses and dumped it into his brother's bin.

Meanwhile, unknown to him, his brother had the same thought. He said to himself, "It is not right that we should share produce and profit equally. After all, I am married and I have my wife to look after me and my children for years to come. But my brother has no one, and no one to take care of his future."

So he too, in the middle of the night, took to taking a sack of grain from his bin and sneaking across the field to deposit it in his brother's.

And both were puzzled for years as to why their supply did not dwindle.

Well, one night it just so happened that they both set out for each other's house at the same time. In the dark they bumped into each other carrying their sacks. Each was startled, but then it slowly dawned on them what was happening. They dropped their sacks and embraced one another.

Suddenly the dark sky lit up and a voice from heaven spoke, "here at last is the place where I will build my Temple. For where brothers meet in love, there my Presence shall dwell."

Where do you seek God? He is certainly not distant. This is why Jesus said The Kingdom of God is within you. Luke 17:21

I read this story in William Bausch's Storitelling, Imagination and Faith book.

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