Words matter. The ones we hear come and go – some quicker than others – but there is something about the words that make their way to paper (real or virtual) that can sometimes hold even greater meaning than the everyday banter and exchange of information.
Is it because we took the time to write them down? Because we’ve committed to those thoughts, feelings, and opinions – enough to memorialize them in ink or pixels?
When we write it down, we are saying, “this is important – this matters enough to remember.”
We also open our hearts and our own experiences to tell our story. To take a chance. To be vulnerable. Writing it down very often means sharing it. Outside of journaling for personal reflection, writing invites others in – it asks someone to come alongside you and join with you for a while; perhaps even to find commonalities and areas for connection between your stories and theirs.
The written word is a gift we give as we offer meditations, characters, story arcs, and ideas out into the larger world – as Madeline L’Engle said, “to feed the lake” that is the dynamic accomplishment of creative creation that comes from the artists and the souls who answer their gift.
For the writer who calls Christ their home, the written word is also a responsibility. The willingness to embrace the ideas and ideals larger than our own; to accept the Word of God that has been given – as well as the word that He puts in our hearts to share – and to continue to further the knowledge and celebration of the glorious, fierce beauty of the Word that saves so we can play our part in the promise of Isaiah where he writes,
For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:10-11 ESVAnd as we write; as we contemplate the mystery and vast expanse that lies before us and from which we draw, let us mindfully pray that we be good stewards of these words.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14 ESVThis is my prayer.
I’m linking up with one of my favourite people and favourite communities today – Kaitlyn from Just Takes One is hosting a link up for friends participating in Round Three of the #fmfpartysnailmail. Talk about the beauty of the written word! This group that grew out of the Five Minute Fridays shares weekly letters amongst a growing group of women (over one hundred this time!) for an eight week period. The letters help develop the community and encourage and uplift both the sender and the receiver (my experience at any rate).
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