I attended a great church workers’ conference early this week and I am so thankful for all the good stuff rolling around in my head now! I’m still short on sleep so this post will be a brief one. It’s occurred to me that I do not realize how vulnerable I am. And, vulnerability is part of why we pray, both motivating us in humility toward God and instigating us to pray all the more against evil and the devil!
As writers, vulnerability is an important facet to our craft. We sneak into our readers’ place. We wiggle into characters and finagle scenarios. We exploit plots, lead through loop holes, etc.
So, if you’re just looking for something to think about today, think about just how vulnerable you are, and just how soundly our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ rescues us from death, the devil, and our own sinful flesh!
Thanks be to God!
Along the lines of yesterday: I don’t know too much about art therapy, but today I’m linking to an article by Vanessa Rasanen in which creativity helps her keep, and seek, balance. I thought writers would be able to relate and appreciate the perspective!
I may not be able to craft visual arts, but I do think beauty is tremendously underrated. May God’s gifts in beauty be therapeutic to us all.
Random poem of mine I found in my many scattered notes about the Sacraments/Means of Grace. 🙂 I won’t hold my breath that this will be helpful, but we can encourage each other to tinker, too, can’t we?
A Lutheran translation of the Bible is coming out! But, instead of discussing whether or not it’s a good idea, how about we consider how it reflects ideas about relevance, language, nuance, etc.? A Cranach blog post on the upcoming edition here. I encourage you to read it and the goals behind the translation to see how much you agree, as a writer as well as a Lutheran, agree with Evangelical Heritage Version on Christian Standard Bible post.
Thank you, thank you, collection of various people, for not giving it too crazy a name. Thank you!
It’s Lent, a time to remember Christ in His humiliation, with His suffering and death for our salvation. It is not the only time to be mortifying our flesh, but I’m thankful there is a time when people are more likely to teach about sin—it’s not like understanding it comes naturally!—and healthy practices of the church. Now, I won’t blog today about fasting, but below I’ll address a bit about Lutheran writers, such us present company, mortifying our flesh.
We have an excellent guest post today from Lutheran speaker, blogger, and pod-caster extraordinaire, Angie Wagner. One of her favorite topics is vocation (!), and her post today is ever-timely for us writers: Wild Ideas and the Steady Hand of Vocation. Check it (and her website) out!
I came across the expression “gracious words” in Proverbs, so I decided to share a few such verses from the Bible today. 🙂
- The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the Lord, but gracious words are pure. Proverbs 15:26
- Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body. Proverbs 16:24
- And all spoke well of him and marveled at the gracious words that were coming from his mouth. And they said, “Is not this Joseph’s son?” Luke 4:22
We can strive for “gracious words,” yet God works grace even through those words we may try to fight or avoid. Thanks be to Christ Jesus our Lord!
There’s an article, “Free our Churches from the Ugly and Stupid,” from last Thursday that mostly deals with music, art, decor. It is by Anthony Esolen, who has written several books on my Amazon wishlist. (I think he’s Roman Catholic and professor of Renaissance English Literature and the Development of Western Civilization at Providence College.) Below is a quote and some of my own reflections on stupidity and the arts.
With a little regret, I’m going to share a writing idea I’ve had. I’d really like to tackle it myself. I’m just nowhere close to imagining a time I could do so! So, if you’re interested in a rarer format, single-person narrative delving into older fatherhood and a son’s sacrifice, here you go.
“The words of the Lord are pure words,
like silver refined in a furnace on the ground,
purified seven times” (Psalm 12:6).