I knew that Penny would not live any of these specific lives in their particularity. But I also began to imagine a life with Down syndrome that was good and full, albeit different from the life I had previously imagined for our children. It was because of that book, and those individuals, that I started blogging and sharing both images and stories about our family. I wanted to be a part of shaping the imagination of other parents of kids with Down syndrome, and then, ultimately, to be a part of shaping the imagination of our entire culture.
When I use the word imagination, I am not talking about fantasy. I’m referring to the things that need to be envisioned in order to become possible. We use our imaginations to create an image of the future, and out of those images, we hope.
The spiritual imagination relies on truths given to us by the Spirit of God, and it carries us from an uncertain and frightening present to a future filled with possibilities. It helps us gather strength and courage. It tethers us to promise. It connects us to a story of love written by the one who is love and who creates, redeems, and sustains us all.
So if you are in a hopeless place right now, look for people who can help you imagine a good future, even if the strand tethering your story to theirs feels tenuous. Together, we can shift the vision of our culture and create a path of possibility.