Evelyn Woodward speaks of the poet’s voice (or artist I would add) as “bringing the light of what is best in our history to bear on our struggles in the present and pointing to the unknown future with hope.”
What light from history do you bring to the hope going forward?
“Thus the ability to step back is not inaction but an invitation into a different kind of action — a different way of seeing and thus engaging the world around us. Stepping back, therefore, is not a retreat from the world of brokenness but an invitation to receive God’s imagination for the world.” ~ Emmanuel Katongole, Reconciling all things
“The asking of new questions often leads us to the perilous, growing edge of our minds. That’s because all new and original thought begins with a question, which leads to an exploration.” ~ Dawna Markova, I will not die an unlived life
“The season of Advent means there is something on the horizon the likes of which we have never seen before … What is possible is to not see it, to miss it, to turn just as it brushes past you. And you begin to grasp what it was you missed, like Moses in the cleft of the rock, watching God’s [back] fade in the distance. So stay. Sit. Linger. Tarry. Ponder. Wait. Behold. Wonder. There will be time enough for running. For rushing. For worrying. For pushing. For now, stay. Wait. Something is on the horizon.” Jan L. Richardson, Night Vision
On day two of creation God separated earth and sky, creating a horizon. Horizons beckon us beyond ourselves toward a vision. Though visible they stay just beyond our reach, thus beckoning us onward in our journey while staying present to where we are.
What horizon is beckoning you? What imagination does it take for this journey?