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Day 28 – 2018 AWAC

The 2018 August Write Away Challenge

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Tue, Aug. 28 – Close your eyes and imagine the kind of world you would like to see. What is it like?


This is a loaded question, isn’t it? We could find ourselves talking about sociology, religion, history, climate, art, media, architecture, agriculture, economics, or — worse than any of these — politics.

But here’s the truth. When I close my eyes and dream of the kind of world I’d like to see, most of these things don’t immediately come to mind. I confess, I seldom dream of how this world in which we live could be better. When I do, I think of the two teenage boys I sponsor through Compassion International who live in Burkina Faso and know a type of poverty most Americans cannot fathom — I ask myself what their dreams are for our world. I imagine they are far different from mine when I was their age. I imagine that have more to do with the economic, social, and spiritual poverty that grips their nation and many places around the world.

These days, however, when I close my eyes and dream of all possible worlds, my writer brain leads me back to Komae (the nation in which Wicket Lake takes place). It is a world birthed out of my obsession and musings on a beautifully penned line from Psalm 65:8 (NIV):

where morning dawns, where evening fades,
    you call forth songs of joy

Though much of the story right now does not revolve around song, it is a backdrop to the world. It is something that has been suggested in several early chapters and will become a bit more involved in the final chapters of Book 1. Imagine, though… a world in which each morning dawns with a song. Would such a world not be a beautiful place to live?

I suppose time will tell.

In the meantime, the Psalmist wrote these words describing our own world, so I encourage you — look for joy each morning. Allow the night and shadows in your heart to subside, and be comforted by the warmth, safety, and joy of dawn.

Happy AWACing!

From the shores of Wicket Lake,



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