What if I could write something that changed the world?
What if the words coming from this pen could soothe hate,
halt the abuse of power,
The 2017 film “Good-Bye Christopher Robin” dramatized the struggle of A. A. Milne with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Milne returned to London following the first World War suffering intrusive flashbacks, anxiety and panic. A playwright by trade, he became acutely aware of the banality of routine. He ached to transmit the terrors of trench warfare, the violence, the death. If humanity could read and understand this, we would change. There would never be another war.
A. A. Milne failed.
He wrote a children’s story, hated by his son. Twenty years later that son fought in the second World War, unfathomable in it’s destruction, pain and loss of life.
Every day around us marriages fail. Relational wounds fester. Middle aged men drift into obesity and alcoholism. Children are ignored and reach their teen years isolated, staring at small screens in the dark. Forty-five-year-old fathers hate themselves, wracked with guilt after succumbing to pornography again. A sixty-five-year-old divorcee works overtime, afraid of going home alone. They wonder if their best days passed them by. They wonder why.
A long time ago in a faraway land, a man came. He offered regenerating love to unlock purpose and peace in the human heart.
He was the Word that changed the world.
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God.
Blessed are those persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when others revile and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Matthew 5:3-11 (ESV)