We make requests to God and then we wonder whether they made any difference. We ask ourselves, Is God answering my prayers? If not, why not? If he is, how is he doing it, because what’s happening isn’t quite what I asked for? Did I ask wrongly then?
Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof” kept a running dialogue with God (a sort of lament). He credited God for good things and lamented things that went wrong or that he wished were different.
In one of his well-known laments, Tevye is feeding his horse, looking up at God saying, “You made many, many poor people. I realize, of course, it’s no shame to be poor. But it’s no great honor either. Ahh, so what would have been so terrible if I had a small fortune?”
Then he launches into the song, “If I Were a Rich Man.” At one moment in the song, he sings, “Lord who made even lion and the lamb, You decreed I should be what I am. Would it spoil some vast eternal plan if I were a wealthy man?!”
In another lament, Tevye sits dejected by the side of the road with his lame…
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