f a i t h * i n * f i c t i o n: Day 3 of <em>Godric</em>—Seeing Angels

f a i t h * i n * f i c t i o n

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Day 3 of Godric—Seeing Angels

This is going to be a short entry. I'm traveling today, on my way to Grand Rapids for the Festival of Faith and Writing. To be quite honest, I have no idea of what to predict for entries over the next few days. I'd love to post a few thoughts but am hampered by not knowing precisely what technology will be available to me to complete such interactions. All I'll say is, if it's possible, you'll hear from me. Otherwise, I'll be back on Monday with a full report.

Let's talk about the supernatural for a moment, shall we? I'm assuming if you have any kind of orthodox Christian belief, you allow for the possibility of miracles. Our lives can be interrupted by the "impossible" because we worship a God who is all-powerful and omniscient and omnipresent. At the same time, he's created beings who operate not on a physical plane but on a spiritual one, who from time to time, come visiting on his command. (Or come crashing down after getting thrown out.)

What place do angels and the supernatural have in fiction? Godric has two such encounters that shape his life and eventually help lead him to faith. I've always been troubled by this kind of catalyst for change however. After all, what does it teach us—those of us who don't see angels?

My point isn't to ignore the supernatural, but I would warn against making these moments the point of transformation. Or, at least be aware of the consequences in that such life change may not have quite the impact on readers as it does to your character.