In order to speak the words of Camille Pissarro, it is very likely that we all could use the eye of the artist. They stop to ponder where we pass by, heedless and untouched by what lays within our gaze. In places where we tramp by in our fevered rush, the pause to take a long, loving look at the real. Once they create their work of art in whatever form it might take, be it a song, a painting or a story, we are delighted, astonished and frequently deeply touched. Yet, while the artists might see what we do not see, the sight was there for us to behold as well. They may very well hear what we do not hear, but the sounds that escaped our ear were just as available to us, if we would but have ears to hear. Although the artists stopped to touch what we did not touch, the sensations of these moments were as readily present to us as they were to them. Artists do not receive a different world from the rest of us mortals, but they most assuredly look upon the world they traverse with a much more refined eye.
When Henry Ward Beecher writes, »The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but the thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings«, then he is speaking about the same problem in the landscapes of the human heart. Before we can utter »We are blessed«, we must open our heart to wonder, which in turn will generate gratitude and a profound sense of being blessed. It is entirely possible to blunder through a world of startling beauty, grace and goodness without noting one iota of it.
Thus, once again, we invite you to join us as we gather around the stories of God and journey through a year with them. So much uncertainty marks our lives and great burdens have been laid upon our souls. In the places of the deep heart, we wish nothing more than to have God’s wonder and weal rewoven into the tapestry of our lives. Together we will listen to the stories of faith and rediscover the lands of wonder, which they have long charted.
Variety is the spice of life. Just like a richly set table, the broad range of what we offer is intended to offer the broadest range of people sustenance and strength for their life and their faith.
Language is of importance
We hunger for a fresh language with which we can encounter one another. We hunger for a new way of speaking hard truths and of telling redemptive stories, for a language that elevates and encourages rather than denigrates and estranges. We need words with radiant strength that speak truths that mere facts cannot contain. Words are important. Language is important. Words touch and move us. The language we choose forms the way in which we see ourselves, interpret the world and act toward others. Language remains a primary way of touching the other and of revealing the mystery within us.
Since the world and the Church need the most vivid and transformative words we can muster, we have created »L’Chaim«. We take as our motto the Hebrew word for »to life« in order to share words with you that strengthen, value inspire, multiply and heal life.
God not only loves to hear our stories, he loves to tell his own. And, quite simply, we are the story God tells. Our very lives are the words that come from his mouth.