I've had some pretty special moments in my life. Moments that have touched my heart and filled my soul in a special way.
The birth of my children.
Standing before God, my family and friends and proclaiming my commitment to my wife.
Watching my first two sons graduate high school.
Holding my newborn grandchild for the first time.
My old buddy, Pritch, presenting me with a copy of the Koran at last year's company Christmas gift exchange.
All monumental moments which I couldn't even put into words if I had to.
But Thursday, I was gifted with something that I didn't even see coming.
Traditionally, when I wake up in the morning, I take a few minutes to peruse my home e-mail before leaving for work to check and see if there's any information in need of my immediate attention. Imagine my "shock and awe" when I opened my inbox folder and discovered the following:
Sent: Thursday, August 23, 2012 12:36 AM
Subject: Emergency August Message 2012
Your email was suggested as someone who may have heard of God (Allah) and it was suggested I email you, personally. I am God Allah and looking to people for purposes previously explained by the religious organizations, i.e. The Resurrection. If you'd like to learn more of The Resurrection or consider helping Us, email Me back.
god @llah .US (unsubscribe)
P.O. Box 701
San Mateo, CA 94401
Wow. Are you kidding me? A personal message from Allah himself.
I've received some pretty important e-mails in my life from some pretty big names. Congressmen. Senators. Governors. Clay County Fair managers. Ya, I've been privy to some pretty important e-mail happenings. But to be personally contacted by Allah himself? What an honor.
Like many people, I've been looking for a sign. I kind of figured it would come in a different form. Loud booming voice from nowhere. Letters spelling something out in my alphabet soup. Magic 8 ball. Something cool and mysterious like that. But who knew Allah would be so tech savvy.
I was blown away to know that Allah - or God Allah as he refers to himself - maintains a PO Box in San Mateo area and I'm thrilled that I can contact him directly at my leisure in the 605 area code. Or perhaps I'll just hit him back at: god @llah.US. I like the nice "@" touch instead of actually using the "A" in Allah. It shows a certain hipness not often expressed among the gods.
I must admit I'm a bit surprised that he's based himself on the West Coast. I always figured Allah as more of the Middle East climate kind of god. But hey, maybe he just summers in Cali like all those other larger-than-life personalities.
In any event, I challenge all of you readers to step up and top that one. Pretty amazing way to end a week.