Creativity, Faith, Writing

Day 1 – Mount Hermon Christian Writers’ Retreat

God’s love is bountiful. His blessing is magnificent. A view of my walk today through the Santa Cruz redwoods. Praise His wonderful name!

I am attending the Mt Hermon Christian Writers’ Conference- my first ever. I am so thankful for the rich beauty I am allowed to witness on these grounds. Despite the hardship it took to get here, I lack nothing. I’m learning to step outside of my box. I’m realizing that this journey requires an optimal amount of discipline in self-control, thought, and intentional listening. It’s almost as if the theories I learned in the MFA have lost their luster when I purpose to write for His glory alone. I’m eternally grateful for all the Lord is showing me in just the first day. I began to read Quiet by Susan Cain a few months ago and here is one of her appropriate passages that demonstrates the power of my sensibility at this time:

I’ve run into many Christian writers who, like me, are not on this journey for the fame or glory, or for self-aggrandizement, but for the sake of drawing nearer to God. Our work is significant because when we write intentionally and with purpose, He is glorified.

“Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. (James 4:8)

I am reminded of a certain poem by Emily Dickinson, “1129.” It reads:

Tell all the Truth but tell it slant–

Success in Circuit lies

Too bright for our infirm Delight

The Truth’s superb surprise

As Lightning to the Children eased

With explanation kind

The Truth must dazzle gradually

Or every man be blind–

I’m finding that as I look at other writing, not my own, I am training myself to respond with a kind explanation, with a truth that necessitates expressing, albeit in small doses. This is the grace of the writer. How truthful can we be in absolute, but with a gentle restraint from causing hurt?

 


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