"The sweetest thing in all my life has been the longing —
to reach the Mountain, to find the place where all the beauty came from —
my country, the place where I ought to have been born. Do you think it all meant nothing,
all the longing? The longing for home? For indeed it now feels not like going, but like going back."

~C.S. Lewis

abundant life

There is abundant life.

How would you live if that were true?

Often, it seems we have little use for feelings and passion, for acts of bravery and sacrifice, for beauty and romance... for everything that makes us come alive. And so we live as ones dead, moving through life in a job we don't enjoy to buy things we don't need to impress people we don't like, and we reach the end of the day and something in our hearts -- if we will let it speak -- asks, why?

But what if you could let yourself feel? What if you let yourself long for those deepest desires. That longing and heart-wrenching feeling of and for glory and for Yahweh I call privately, "maia":

There was a feeling-calling-understanding I kept trying to describe, and, for a while, I tried to use the term “magic.” It epitomized the other-worldlyness of this feeling, the sense that there is something deeper and more wonderful in this life than you ever knew this world could hold. It is the stuff of storybooks and fairy tales, and somehow, incredibly it is real. It is the good magic, the deeper magic, the magic that makes animals talk and true loves meet and castles appear out of clouds. It is the deepest sense of beauty and glory and wonder imaginable.

You can read more about maia here.

And what if the whole point of your life in the kingdom of God revolved around all that which you seek -- the wholeness, the abundance, the sacrifice and story and glory and pain and beauty and supernatural? What if Jesus spoke to you every day and you saw miracles and rescue and were swept up into it and into the life you can finally live without wishing you were somewhere else?

Would that be truly Good News?