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The Book, The Burial, by R. Penman Smith is available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and directly from Tate Publishing. The Burial is a Spiritual Thriller with a dark twist and a redemptive outcome. The story springs out personal experience; ‘write what you know about’. Those who are comfortable with fantasy and are not afraid of the reality of the spiritual warfare inherent in Christian life will love this book.

Imagination is the faculty through which we discover the world around us, both the world we see, and that other unseen world that hovers on the fringe of sight. Love, joy and laughter, poetry and prose, are the gifts through which we approach that complex world. Through the gift of imagination we have stepped into an ever flowing river where the realm of Faerie touches Middle Earth.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Searching for a Habitat

With the encroaching cities and sprawling suburbs, coyotes, bobcats and large birds of prey have been temporarily driven out of their former habitats.  As the wild lands around our urban sprawl shrink, these predators, along with a variety of other animals and creatures are returning to their former habitats and adapting to the new conditions. 

It is the other creatures that interest me the most.  Where are elvenkind?  Where are the trolls?  Where are the goblins? There are many creatures seen and unseen, named and unnamed, that dwelt here long before the advent of men.  They did not leave for all time, no, they are returning, adapting, and living in our midst.  Some of them have adapted quite well, others, like the family of hedge gnomes living in the hedges on the east side of our home, carry on quite as they have always carried on, but with a wary eye out for the neighbourhood cat or dog.

I hesitate to mention, for fear of appearing to be frivolous, that I know of one football playing troll who is hoping to be drafted by a football team in Mississippi because he likes their team record for of having the most personal fouls.  And I know of one beady eyed, long fingered, grasping little goblin who works as a loan officer for a local bank.  You would be surprized where some of the other creatures are hiding in plain view.

Where are the Cherubim, the Seraphim, the principalities, the powers, the world rulers of this present darkness, the spiritual hosts of wickedness?  Do you think that they are absent from this world just because your eyes are not keen enough to seem them?  True enough, the angels have no need of an earthly home, but the principalities and powers, the world rulers of this present darkness lust after our home.  They want this middle earth, and ourselves in the bargain, for their own.  Therein lies the problem facing humankind.  We are not alone.  We are not even the most numerous of middle earth’s thinking inhabitants. 

“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares” [Hebrews 13:2].

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