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A Sufi Tale

There was once a man who spent his days calling out to God…every day of his life. While a few people in the village saw him as very devout,  most thought him a fool. Did he really think that God would respond? One day, the skeptics’ doubts began to infect his mind. He  questioned why in all his dedicated years of calling out to God, God never once answered him. His spirit broken with this realization, the man stopped calling out to God and resigned himself to sleep.

That night, he had a dream. In it, the presence of God came to him and asked him why he stopped calling out to him. The man explained that God never once answered his call after all those years! Why should he continue to waste his breath?

God replied, “Was my answer too simultaneous? Did you not see? Each time you called out to me, your voice itself was my response!”

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