The purpose of this space is gratitude. Let's tie the recent posts together under this theme:
- Ode to Tolkien: I wrote an article recently for Vital Magazine about how, in my childhood, backpacking trips combined with my parents reading Lord of the Rings to me made a HUGE impression on my life and my faith. The post with Pippin and Merry from the LOTR movies is a nod to that. THANKFUL FOR GOD'S USE OF OUR IMAGINATIONS.
- Ode to Campus Point: THANKFUL FOR QUIET PLACES -- THE THIN PLACES WHERE COMMUNION WITH CHRIST IS EASY.
- Seashells: THANKFUL FOR THE MEANING THAT COMES TO OUR LIVES WHEN WE FIND OURSELVES ON A QUEST
- Coming of Age: THANKFUL FOR MUSIC THAT CHALLENGES YOU TO BE LESS SELF-CENTERED.
- "I'm a Dead Man Until...": THANKFUL FOR THE MIRACLE OF FAMILY AND THE MIRACLE OF GOD'S LOVE THAT RESTORES BROKEN FAMILIES
And now for something completely different. Actually not too different -- more music. This time the music video by Foster the People for their song "Best Friend." I think it's a thought-provoking commentary on how our culture makes it difficult to have a positive self-image. The video focuses on this dilemma particularly for women. This is not officially a "Christian" band, and their video reflects that a little (its art is a little "edgy"), but it has some powerful commentary about some of the shallowness that poisons our culture.