Mer’s relationship with the Church is complicated. She’s a scientist. She deals with facts. Data makes her happy. Adhering to the scientific method makes her downright giddy.

Religion, on the other hand, isn’t made up of data points. It requires faith.
Mer’s difficulty with faith stems from a childhood incident. She drowned. For seventeen minutes she was considered dead. She never saw a light, never heard voices. No one came to greet her. She’d been to the other side and as she explained, “There’s nothing there.”

Mer approaches religion as an academic. She doesn’t begrudge anyone their beliefs, but her experience makes it difficult to embrace the concept of everlasting life.

In Beached, there is a character who draws strength from his religion. The Church is his refuge, and when Mer seeks his counsel, she finds him at the St. Justin Martyr Catholic Church, rosary in hand. The beauty of the nave steals her breath.

As we approach the winter holidays, it is important to remember that the world is full of people with different beliefs, different experiences than our own. A comparative religion course I took while obtaining my Medieval Studies degree illustrated that there are far more commonalities than differences between religions.

Curiosity is a wonderful trait. Open minds often discover amazing things.

As a writer, I (mostly) chose my words carefully. Pensive is a word I return to frequently. It implies a deep and personal reflection or contemplation. It seems appropriate for this time of year.

Whether you celebrate the Festival of Lights, the birth of a Savior, a new year, or simply waking up in the morning, remember to be kind, be grateful and be safe.

Merry Christmas from Mer, the crew, and me. May whatever you celebrate be joyous.

Chapter 15 ~

The conversation with Oscar left her pensive.


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