“That’s strange,” Carl said to his wife as the two were walking past their town’s Baptist church.
“What’s strange, Hon,” Maggie asked.
“That sign in front of the church,” he responded. “What a strange sign to be put up in front of a church.”
Maggie looked at the sign and then looked back at Carl. “What’s so strange about that sign?”
Carl looked at Maggie in disbelief. “Seriously?” he said. “You don’t think a sign that reads ‘God is nowhere’ in front of a church isn’t strange?”
Maggie looked carefully at the sign. “You’re reading it wrong. It says ‘God is now here.’”
Now it was Carl who looked carefully at the sign. “No, that’s not what it says. Look at the spacing of the letters. It clearly says ‘God is nowhere.’ Can’t you see that?”
Maggie grabbed Carl’s hand and pulled him toward the church entrance. “What are you doing?” he asked.
“I’m going to prove that I’m right and you’re wrong.”
The couple walked through the door and started walking down the center aisle. They saw the church pastor toward the alter and walked up to him. “Excuse me,” Maggie said. “We have a question about your sign.”
The pastor smiled and asked, “How can I help you?”
Carl said, “Does that sign out front say ‘God is now here’ or ‘God is nowhere’”?
“That is an excellent question,” the pastor said. “What do you think it says?”
Carl was getting a little irritated. “It’s your sign. Why would you ask us what it means.”
The pastor’s smile broadened. “You know, I knew putting up that sign would be risky, but it seems to be doing exactly what I hoped it would do.”
“And what is that?” Maggie asked.
“Initiate a discussion about God by people just like you who wonder what the sign means.” He said. “Welcome to my church. So, what do you believe? Is God now here or is God nowhere?”
Written for today’s one-word prompt, “risky.”