The Inner Voice of Who Knows What

the pilgrimage: Henri Nouwen and my own topsy-turvy little heart


I love imagination.
The other night I painted with some of my very good friends.

It didn’t really matter what colors we chose to mmix, or what patterns we chose to sketch – but what mattered is that we were together, creating something that gave God some glee. God was pleased at our artwork and pleased that we were crafting a piece of immense beauty.

The other night I saw Across the Universe.
It was a celebration of the brilliance that happens when people are creative, finding and crafting beauty in the midst of a dark and hopeless time.
Yes, there was sex. God created us for that, too. God is an artist.

I am an activist.
I stand for peace, I stand for justice, and I stand for imagination. What good is a statement if it does nothing to engage the senses, if it fails to make people stop and marvel at it, if it is nothing out of the ordinary?

Imagination is key.
This world is bleak and drab without it. Without creativity, without art, without music, without poetry, without a creative expression of love… where is God? We are made in the image of a creator – can we revel in the creativity that has been instilled in us? Please?

I hope to be a prophet, a prophet of imagination. You are a prophet.
You are a work of art. We are works of art.
I am a work of art.
Even me!


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3 thoughts on “Imagination.

  1. You are a beautiful work of art Jess. Very beautiful.

  2. I agree with Becky. You are beautiful. And painting was pretty much amazing. I have some white white walls and nothing to cover them… I say we make a saturday out of it! :o)

  3. I’ve been thinking about the capitalism thing lately too. Those aren’t the community ideals we see in the Bible. The thing is though, the root of community is love, and there is no love in the government taking your money and redistributing it to someone else. I think socialism only works in a small, decentralized, voluntary setting, and it’s only because we’re in a capitalist country that we could even choose to do that, you know? What I don’t understand about democracy is how it gives a voice to the people if the concept is majority rule. If an oppressive group is the majority of the population, than ruling by popular vote just legitimizes their choices in the world’s eyes, even if the minority groups are still being mistreated or marginalized.I think of the Sunnis and Shiites in Iraq – how would a democracy play out in that system? Whichever group is the majority (I should probably know which one that is) will win the popular vote for president and have more representation in the legislative system, and the other group will remain voiceless and unrepresented. Why is this the ideal?Then again, what is the alternative? Authoritarianism? Hostile takeovers? Waiting around until billions of people reach a consensus, and then enjoy a massive group hug?

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