It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it. Clearly. Based on the evidence it seems to me to be far easier to believe that the world is going to hell in a handbasket than in the possibility that it’s the creation of a good and wise and loving Creator. Which is why we need religion (well, some incarnations of it…) And priests (ditto). And poets, artists, painters, musicians, song writers, film makers, novelists, and, yes, the ubiquitous bloggers. People with imagination who are prepared to look at the evidence and say ‘to hell with that, let’s see what we can do with this stuff’. In their own weird and wonderful way that is what the bible writers give us: the gathered reflections, critical and creative musings, hopeful projections, imaginative explorations of people – like us – who have entered into reality, into history, with an eye and a heart for discerning the beauty in things, the possibilities for healing, transformation, and love. And in the face of the often all too brutal evidence, it takes people with real imagination, people with the humour, wit, and wisdom to see beyond the cold hard facts of life, to newer, freer, more lively, life-giving and joyful possibilities for the world – for all of us. It can be a lonely business, trying to be that sort of person, in the face of the daily onslaught of tales of terror and woe – those wounds inflicted on us, and those we inflict on others. Which is why we need religious communities (refer bracketed comments above.) It’s a tough job dreaming new possibilities for life into existence, but someone’s gotta do it. Well, this little blog is me throwing my hat into the online community – doing what I do in the three dimensional world in this rather more vast, but perhaps more inclusive, and expansive space: preaching the impossible, keeping an eye out, ear attuned, heart open for those signs and invitations to see this life, and this world, as the theatre of love, joy, healing, hope – and fun, yes, especially that – that our loving Creator intends for it to be. And hopefully, in the process, finding and being inspired by a new community of people trying to do similar things.