Streamside is far more than a book to be published this year. It is a vision of God. His desire for this grand design has been available to us through many writers over centuries.
God is always speaking, but we are seldom listening.
Check out these quotes from The Musician’s Quest, written by George MacDonald 150 years ago and edited for modern readers by Michael Phillips about 1984:
“By degrees, without any laws or regulations, a little company was gathered, not of ladies and gentlemen but of men and women who aided each other. They did not once meet as a whole, but they labored not the less in the work of the Lord, bound in one by bonds that had nothing to do with cobweb committee meetings or public dinners. They worked like the leaven of which the Lord spoke.”
“Whatever you try to do for them, let your own being be in the background, so that you provide a link between them and God.”
MacDonald was writing about serving the poor and destitute. But the vision God gave him of Christian unity for fulfilling that mission of servanthood is timeless.
I would suggest that the poorest and most destitute people in the world are Christians who organize on the basis of exclusion looking inward, not common service looking outward. That is most of us in one way or another.
One day, Streamside will provide a neutral, common ground for this vision of unified anonymous servanthood, as new and refreshing as a rainbow after a mighty storm, but as old as the very heart of God.