4.4.09

Writing Towards Debt

Sometimes I wonder if my writing-life means anything significant, if it's okay that I want to do this, indeed that I DO it on a regular basis. It can feel selfish, this tucking away, this departure from daily tasks and other people to put words down, to set them like goblets, silver, china on a table that— at least temporarily— only I see, feel the wood and smell the fragrance of it.

Then (thank God... or thank you, God) I read something like this from John Leax's Grace is Where I Live...

...I find myself wondering how to pay that debt of gratitude I felt and feel for my life. I think I must begin where I am— sitting in my garden study— setting down these words.... I offer in thanksgiving and praise these nouns: painted lady, red admiral, tiger swallowtail, mourning cloak, cabbage white, monarch.

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7 Comments:

Blogger Lore said...

Mmmm. Yes.

5.4.09  
Blogger Joelle said...

Gratitude is one of the spiritual disciplines. And writing my thanks seems to be an authentic way to experience and offer appreciation. I love writing thank you notes to people and journaling my praise to God. Then the gift is lived twice--in the receiving and thanking.

5.4.09  
Blogger cindy hanson said...

I can close my eyes and feel and smell the wood of your table, better yet, remember the smells of sawdust, as a child my Dad woodworking, building his own pine panelling, furniture, etc.

now what if you hadn't of written that ONE snetence? I wouldn't have had the thought to go and ask Dad to PLEASE build something for your little girl!!!

:) Cindy

6.4.09  
Blogger Dr. Roger D. Butner said...

I found my self thinking of "Practicing the Presence of God" as I read this reflective post. Thanks for the reminder of the powerful simplicity of honoring God wherever I am doing whatever I am doing.

7.4.09  
Blogger Sharon said...

Beautiful post.Loved it!Blessings~Sharon

9.4.09  
Blogger Pam said...

i have the same struggle at times....thanks for your words and for sharing this quote.

14.4.09  
Blogger elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Well, that certainly adds some flavor to the pondering of my grit and smooth tonight...

~elaine

25.4.09  

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