I wish you all a very Happy New Year and God’s blessings in 2015. I am ever thankful that we worship the One True God, a God of second chances and new beginnings, a God of grace and mercy.
I have been remiss this past year in posting to Castaways Point and I resolve in 2015 to do better. I have set some challenging goals for myself this year, as I hope you have also. Among them is a goal to weekly and faithfully post to this blog.
Also among them is a goal to line edit and rewrite my novel, Kingdom of Light. In order to accomplish both goals, among many others, I have chosen to serialize the rewrite of that novel and post it here along with scripture and topics for discussion. I hope you will join me in an adventure that amounts to a study of Genesis, chapters one through eleven.
That adventure begins at the very beginning of God’s word, the foundational statement of faith, for it requires us to believe in something that existed before time and space. Something that existed even before light, an intelligent entity that stirred ubiquitous darkness and chose life. The very first statement of scripture identifies him as a male plurality, Elohim, whom we have come to call, “God”, the source of all that we know, including life itself, the Logos, meaning, the power to create worlds by speaking them into existence, the author and the teller of the story in which we all live and function each day of our lives.
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” (Gen. 1:1)
Either you believe it, or you don’t, you are free to choose because that freedom was God’s intent from the moment He spoke creation into existence. If you choose to believe, you must accept all that follows. If you choose not to believe you will not be able to accept anything that follows. You will, by choice, be confined to dark ignorance, unable to see, understand, or follow the God of your own creation, as He moves from Darkness to Light. God is on the move, He will leave the darkness behind Him. Will you be left there too?
We are all born of darkness, not only us, but all creation, the universe and the earth itself. Within each of us there exists a dark soul, a dark corner of mystery unknown to those around us and mostly unknown to ourselves. Following God to the light of His Truth is a mission of discovery. Discovering who we are by learning about our relationship to Him, by using His light to ferret out the dark corners of our own souls and, by doing battle with the demons we find there.
In the novel, Kingdom of Light, on 9/11/2001 N.Y.C. Fireman Mike Brennan is forced to confront a darkness that consumes him. He stumbles through an inky, black peril, inside a burning building, ultimately finding himself lost, forgotten and confined in a dungeon occupied by a demon called, Azazel. In order to find his way back to the life he once had, a life he can barely remember, Mike is forced to come to terms with his own, personal demons. In surrounding darkness, amid the chaos of ancient war, Mike Brennan must decide what he is willing to sacrifice in order to save the life of the child he came to rescue. In order to win a battle of wills with the demonic forces that threaten to rule over him and, to save his own life, he must make a choice between the world of shadows that has become his reality, or a Kingdom of Light he knows only as the promise of a dream. I hope you will join in the battle that ensues.