This call came after I’d received an email earlier that morning from a writer friend asking for prayer because a difficult situation she’s going through.
And that was after a phone conversation the night before in which my tearful mother-in-law said her daughter is asking for prayer because of serious issues she’s facing.
And that was after… you get the idea. Lots of tragic things are going on. No need for me to recite them here, because you probably have a list of your own.
The gist of all this is, after getting that call, writing about fiction no longer seemed pertinent. Sometimes the real world is too real to be put off.
Fiction is a good way to relax and unwind, to escape the problems of our day. Moreover, stories can be an effective method of conveying truth; fiction isn’t always all fun and games. But sometimes we need to get real. There’s a time for escape and a time for facing reality head-on. (That’s not in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, but it would seem to fit there.)
So today, let’s take an unflinching look at the real world and pray about it.
Prayer leads to change. Sometimes, it changes our circumstances. Most often, it changes us.