J.R.R, Tolkien ~
Still round the corner there may wait,
a new road, or a secret gait.
Tolkien, known for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, was very influential in leading C.S. Lewis, known for his Narnia series, to Christianity. Both professors of literature at Oxford in England, their interest in writing mythical stories became a common bond. British author Colin Duriez writes of these men's influences on each other and on the world of literature. Combining "reason and imagination" with the Gospel message was key. Encouragement and support for each other and their crafts defined a lengthy friendship.
In thinking about "reason and imagination" being necessary components for their stories, I find a lesson for all Christians. God created our minds for both reason and imagination. It is logic that helps us organize our thoughts, filter information, discern truth. It is imagination that allows us to wonder about the unknown, to believe in things unseen, to dream, to hope!
This is a new year, another opportunity to be more for Christ, to step through our comfort zones and into new possibilities for Him. Consider this prayer as you begin again ~
I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.
And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge - that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:16-21 NIV
Reason and imagination, logic and dreams, faith and hope . . . let this year be one of holy discernment and more, one that surpasses knowledge and more than all we ask or imagine! May God's power be at work in you in 2011. ~ dho