One small point of love, sanity and common sense in a swiftly tilting world

I finished the third Madeleine L’Engle book last night. This one was called “A Swiftly Tilting Planet” and had rich symbolism and intertwining of biblical ideas and historical literature and fantasy once again. In this book Charles Wallace, one of the main characters travels back and forth in time and between planets in order to change the What Might Have Beens into a reality that will heal the earth. This book was written in 1978 and the father, Mr. Murray makes a comment about how the world has been abnormal for so long already that everyone has forgotten how to live in a peaceful and reasonable climate. When I think of all the unrest and turmoil in our world, especially in the USA right now, it makes me wonder. That is what is so great about L’Engle, her writing is timeless. Like Mr. Murray says, if there is to be any peace or reason in our own world today, it has to start in our own hearts and homes. Like the rippling of a stone thrown into a still pond, one small point can reach out to many others. That is what we need to be. That one small point of love and sanity and common sense.

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