Reason Enough

"Then you can tell the next generation detail by detail the story of God, our God forever, who guides us till the end of time." ~Psalm 48:13-14 (MSG)

Characters vie for my attention, running unbridled through my mind. They become real, human flesh with flaws, hurts, pains and anguish. Sometimes they are so real that I find myself praying for them--over them...

It isn't crazy, really. It is part of who I am, part of who I was created to be. My fingertips ache to write their stories. I don't know what I would do if I couldn't dream wide and far, weaving joys and sorrows into their lives, experiencing time and mystery because of them, and laughing or crying when the last word is written.

But it is because of my love of the Lord that I desire to write as I do. The same way that He breathes new life into me, He does my characters as well. He makes them a shining example of His abundant love and unfailing mercy in a world where so many of us are hungry for truth...for salvation of some sort. Perhaps simple words in a novel--someone's temporary escape from their own struggles and hurt--can be enough to give a bit of peace and hope. That's reason enough for me to devote my time and energies serving the Lord in this way.

"Writing makes a person very vulnerable. It opens you to public criticism, to ridicule, to rejection. But it also opens conversation and thought. It stirs minds and opens hearts. It brings us into contact with our souls. So how can it possibly be a waste of time, an idle act, a mistake, a betrayal of truth? Who can possible tell us not to do it?" ~Joan Chittister, Order of Saint Benedict

It is worth it. Every bit of it.

Lord, give me the ability and energy to never give up. Help me to remember that you have created me to 'be about my Father's business'. Let my heart and mind, my creativity and capability, rest in Your hands. After all, you are the wordsmith above all others. Who can teach me better than you?


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