“Salvation can be thought of as a game that happy children play.  It was designed by One Who loves His children, and Who would replace their fearful toys with joyous games, which teach them that the game of fear is gone.  His game instructs in happiness because there is no loser.  Everyone who plays must win, and in his winning is the gain to everyone ensured.  The game of fear is gladly laid aside, when children come to see the benefits salvation brings.”

Children learn through play; in fact, we all do. If we play fearfully, competitively, judgmentally, that is what we learn. If we play lovingly, cooperatively, without judgment, that is what we learn. It takes defenselessness to do so.

I am a huge fan of well-written, joyous fantasy literature, and have written tales of this sort since childhood. In such tales, what first appears to be an enemy turns out to be a friend, helping the other characters instead of hindering them. Why am I telling you this? Because I want to lay down the defense of guilt I’ve sometimes felt about loving to write. I’ve learned a lot by engaging in this kind of play, and the most important thing I’ve learned is to be open to God’s inspiration. I’m grateful for every loving idea given to me. Thank you, Father.

Blessings,

Mari

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