When imagination fails

Imagination is a necessary component of all profound knowing and celebration; all remembering, realizing, and anticipating; all faith, hope, and love. When imagination fails doctrines become ossified, witness and proclamation wooden, doxologies and litanies empty, consolations hollow, and ethics legalistic…. When this happens doctrine becomes a caricature of itself. Then that which once gave life begins to lull and finally to suffocate us.

Amos Niven Wilder