Good Morning, God!
And a lovely morning it is, too! I am thankful. Thankful to be here on Planet Earth . . . now. What with history giving me a View back — and Science and Science Fiction giving me Views forward — I stand in the Present.
Just this morning I was recounting how a speaker to a convention of Science Fiction writers was exhorting them to imagine more positive futures! Sigh. It is so EASY to imagine dire and disastrous futures . . .
But, yesterday as we toured the “home” of Anne of Green Gables (a 1908 creation of Lucy Maud Montgomery) I was reminded of the POWER of STORY.
The book written primarily for little girls — has maintained a hold on people even to this day. Girls in Japan start saving money to pay for a pilgrimage to Green Gables on Prince Edward Island, Canada. They and many others arrive just to see the PLACE where the STORY took place. We were among them and felt the power.
Interestingly, the government of Canada had a hard time grasping the power and importance of fictional historic sites. But, finally Green Gables is part of the park system.
Of course, God, the Canadian government is not alone in failing to grasp the power of story. I think it was George Sorrel who said that what matters in history is not what happened — but what people think happened.
So, God, You have given us the Best of Stories . . . one of forgiveness and redemption and love.
We, of course, have given it twists and turns and missed the point . . . STILL, it remains. Full of Power. Full of Love. Waiting for us to be embraced by it.