Finding my voice

Writers talk a lot about the idea of finding their "voice" - the unique theme or style by which their work is recognized. A voice develops over a lifetime, of course, but one clue is to pay attention to what stories impact you most deeply.

When I think about the movies that have changed me - Take Shelter, Sound of My Voice, Interstellar - I see a common thread. Each one takes me out of myself, bringing me in contact with something breathtaking that exists just beyond my comprehension but just within my grasp. They all, in one way or another, explore the story of a fool who has it right in the end. The emotion that persists long after viewing can only be described as holy fear. 

Many aspects of my faith are difficult for me to understand, or sound far too good to be true. But I can't seem to shake it. I find my confidence in quiet moments, a warm gut feeling, a near-audible voice speaking sweet words I wouldn't dare make up. Those films have stuck with me because they manage to capture that sense of mystery and awe. To quote A Beautiful Mind, they help me "believe that something extraordinary is possible." 

Faith can't be proven or explained. God doesn't fit into a neat theology. But he's alive and active and intimately involved. That's my experience, anyway. So more than anything, I want my voice to create a space for others to have their own personal encounter with the divine.