My Life in the Cult: Miracle of the Water Commentator Daniel Pinkwater recalls his time in a cult. He asked God to let him know if his prayers were getting through. One night, Pinkwater found himself drawn to the basement. There he found a water pipe had burst. Then the miracle: the plumber came right away.
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My Life in the Cult: Miracle of the Water

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My Life in the Cult: Miracle of the Water

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Commentator Daniel Pinkwater recalls his time in a cult. He asked God to let him know if his prayers were getting through. One night, Pinkwater found himself drawn to the basement. There he found a water pipe had burst. Then the miracle: the plumber came right away.

MICHELE NORRIS, host:

Next, commentator Daniel Pinkwater has a story from a time when he says he was a member of a cult.

DANIEL PINKWATER: The cult I was in featured the sort of practice where you feel the spirit, and it gets you up and moving around. During my days as a cult member, I spoke to God quite often, which I suppose a lot of people do. And on a few occasions, God spoke to me.

I do not mean to say that I heard a voice like Charlton Heston booming in my ear, although that would've been cool. But I did get a few messages. There was this time when I was in there with the glossolalia and the ecstatic dancing and hollering and carrying on, and it occurred to me to address the following to our creator:

I appreciate that this that I am doing right now is good exercise for the body, but it would really be nice if I had some indication that there's a signal being received on the other end.

So that night, I am sleeping, and it is 4 a.m., and all of a sudden I sat bolt upright in bed. It's quiet. Everybody in the loft building, which I owned, is sleeping. I get out of bed and put my clothes on. I don't know why I am doing this. Then, I go into the basement not knowing why.

The basement was not a place where I would ordinarily go, but this time, in the middle of the night, I did and got there to find that a major water pipe had sprung a leak and the place was by way of flooding. It must have just happened because the water wasn't deep yet, but it was rushing out at a fast rate.

I found the main valve, turned it off, went upstairs, waited a couple of hours and called the plumber. He came right over and had put a patch on the pipe before anybody woke up to discover they had no water. Divine intervention? A response to my question? The miracle part, obviously, was that the plumber came right away. What I learned was be careful what you ask God. He or she might answer you.

NORRIS: Daniel Pinkwater lives in the Hudson River Valley.

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