We have to be braver than we think we can be, because God is constantly calling us to be more than we are, to see through plastic sham to living, breathing reality, and to break down our defenses of self-protection in order to be free to receive and give love.
~Madeleine L’Engle, Walking on Water, 67.
Recent years have been challenging on many fronts for me. There’s a certain cynicism that can come into play with the facts before me. It’s from a lack of seeing. I don’t see full reality. The spiritual plane is beyond me. Even the physical plane is beyond me. I can’t process it all. Sometimes it skews negative. There’s plenty wrong with the world. But there is more that is and can be. That hope needs to be held onto.
I originally started this website because I was inspired by the community and creativity of people like Tom Sine. I was inspired by the prophetic imagination of Walter Brueggemann. And if I had a muse, it would be Madeleine L’Engle. There’s signs of life in pop culture, as Paste Magazine taglined. There’s life that can be found, if we want to see it. It’s challenging for it all not to be drowned out in the culture wars and the many other wars. I’m not arguing for complacency, but rather for bold imagination. And the religion that grips my imagination is the one that loves the other, that goes where there is darkness, that serves those in need, and that doesn’t live in angry fear. And with that, I look forward to rediscovering my imagination in 2016.