The sign from God story

For many years I was on the board of a local art show.

At one meeting we were trying to figure out what to do about a troublesome artist. Our ombudsman was getting complaints from other artists that she was harrassing them. They said her gossip was unwelcome, and that she wouldn’t stop calling them to organize a mob of discontent.

As we discussed this artist, it came up that she was imposingly religious.

It’s touchy talking about someone who’s always making with the ‘Praise the Lord’ and ‘God’s blessings on you.’ We were trying to show respect for one another’s varying piety. We each gave a disclaimer before commenting on her ways.

We were beginning to conclude we would have to kick her out of the art festival, which we had no precedent for. We were all founding members, and hadn’t foreseen the need to oust an artist when we wrote the bylaws.

We wanted to protect her dignity and the complainers’ privacy. It was a delicate and uncomfortable night as we tried to sort it all out in our treasurer’s living room. The whole matter was just a mess.

Finally Terrie, who had disclaimed earlier that she’s not religious but has no problem with people who are, shook her hands heavenward and said, “God, help us. What do we do?”

We started to chuckle at her joke, but the lights immediately began to dim. In about four seconds they were off. Two seconds later they snapped back on, at full brightness.

Five of us grabbed our purses as someone called, “Meeting adjourned.” We abandoned our treasurer without looking back.

Our treasurer discovered it was some wiring misfire. Nonetheless, we never discussed religion at a meeting again.

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2 Responses to “The sign from God story”

  1. T. Says:

    My daughter critiqued that I leave the reader hanging as to the fate of the artist.
    Here are the boring details:
    We told her that we were discontinuing her participation in the show. When people asked what happened, we said they’d have to ask her.
    She replied by doing exactly what people had complained about. She sent a mass e-mail to the whole artist body. It feigned innocence but was clearly intended to rile.
    I’m pretty sure no one affiliated with the show reads my blog, but even if they do, she’s moved out of state and the whole thing’s long over.
    T.

  2. gunky Says:

    whoa.

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