This is an elaboration of a traditional story about Rebbe Elimelech of Lizensk (18th century). I found the original in Martin Buber's collection 'Tales of the Hasidic Masters'. I'm sending it tonight in honor of the Baal Shem Tov, the founder of Hasidism, whose birthday remembrance is tomorrow. May his memory be a blessing!
(MSWord file w. story attached)