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Past and Future

“If we open a quarrel between past and present, we shall find we have lost the future.”   – Winston Churchill

I knew there was something I liked about him!  A great statesman and historian like Winston Churchill understood the tie between the past and the future.  He studied the patterns of human behavior over time and his view was immense.  His emotional strength and perspective were sorely needed in the midst of one of the ugliest wars of modern times.

Progress is coming along on the book, and the chapter I am working on currently is about the effects we experience when we disconnect from time.  One of them is not being able to envision for the future.  Here is a small excerpt:

“If you have no past, you will have no future.  Where are you going if you haven’t been anywhere?  The very words in the question assume motion, and if you can’t say where you’ve been, then you must not be moving.”

It has been (and continues to be!) a fascinating and stretching journey to articulate in written words the things that have been so deep in my spirit, but not necessarily expressed.  I am so grateful for the work that has already been done through the experience of teaching the material.  That took me far in learning how to express the abstract concepts.  Now we are taking it to another level, and God is growing and unpacking me in the process.

One of the things I am doing this year that fills me with anticipation is writing on some specific pieces of land.  I have two trips planned so far where I will spend several days away from work and the world and immerse myself in writing.  One of the trips is “under the radar” so to speak, but I am going to a place where I connect deeply with the stars, and the awe of God flows.  I am going there specifically to work on the chapter about the Ancient.  Another trip is to my beloved England, and my spirit is just on tiptoes about what that will do to the book.  I don’t know yet which chapter or chapters will flow there, but I am excited to find out.  And I hope that sometime in late summer or fall, I will make it up to my trees for a weekend and give the book that flavor of immensity.

So, when the time comes for the pages to leave my hands and come into yours, it will be a well seasoned story, with flavors from around the globe!

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