Once upon a time in the kingdom of Heaven , God was missing for six days.
Eventually, Michael the archangel found him, resting on the seventh day.
He inquired of God, "Where have you been?"
God sighed a deep sigh of satisfaction and proudly pointed downwards
through the clouds, "Look, Michael. Look what I've created."
Archangel Michael looked puzzled and said, "What is it?"
"It's a planet," replied God, "and I've put Life on it.
I'm going to call it Earth and it's going to be a great place of balance."
"Balance?" inquired Michael, still confused.
God explained, pointing to different parts of earth.
"For example, northern Europe will be a place of great opportunity and
wealth but cold and harsh, while southern Europe is going to be
poor but sunny and pleasant.
I have made some lands abundant in
water and other lands parched deserts.
This one will be extremely
hot, while this one will be very cold and covered in ice."
The Archangel, impressed by God's work, then pointed to a land mass and
said, "What's that one?"
"Ah," said God. "That's Illinois, the most glorious place on earth.
There will be beautiful prairies, grasslands, farms, streams, abundant
wild game and birds, rolling hills and woodlands.
The people from
Illinois are going to be handsome, modest, intelligent, and humorous, and
they are going to be found traveling the world. They will be extremely
sociable, hardworking and high achieving, and they will be known
throughout the world as diplomats and ambassadors of peace."
Michael gasped in wonder and admiration but then proclaimed, "What about
balance, God? You said there would be balance!!!"
God replied wisely,
"Wait until you see the idiots I put in Springfield, Cook County, and City Hall ."
Be Fishers of People.
You catch, He Cleans.
Life Member since 2/17/92
One of the "Illinoiz Boyz"
"When the Power of Love Overcomes the Love of Power,
The World Will Know Peace" - Jimi Hendrix
"War without end, random murders, missing wives, child abuse and continuing corruption do not shake my faith in a Higher Power......
they unsettle my faith in mankind."