Welcome to the final gathering for our Writing to God journey 2013.
I want to thank each one of you for hanging in there for the duration.
I know a few of our friends were unable to complete the journey this time and to those of you who bought the book and ended up with one too many things to do on your "want to do" list, I totally relate and encourage you to breathe easy, knowing you can start anytime. I certainly would consider another journey here same time next year! I appreciate that you considered joining in and know that when the time is right you will take that time...trusting it will be the best time for you to begin the journey. All that being said, here we are, the grand finally of our gatherings...and with our special guest.
Today, I am truly honored to welcome our leader and prompt provider, the author of Writing to God: 40 Days Of Praying With My Pen, herself, Rachel G. Hackenberg.
Friends, it's been a blessing for me to share the Writing to God journey with you -- across the weeks of Lent and into these early days of Eastertide. I appreciate the community that Dawn has encouraged here, and the prayers that you have shared here; you have encouraged my own prayers! It's a pleasure to guest post today and to join in the conversation.
From my own use of Writing to God (because I still go back and re-use the prompts!), here is a prayer that I wrote on the Day 34 prompt...
From the deepest wells of the earth, the LORD God has called forth a river -- an unending stream that gives life to the seeds and the soil, that carves beauty into the mountains and the plains, that circles the world around -- and the river is the abundance of God. The name of the river among people of faith is Grace, and they wade into its water for blessing and renewal. The name of the river in places of devastation is Healing, and the people drink deeply of its strength and hope.
My prayer remains unfinished from one year ago when I first started writing it. I still revisit it, re-pray it, and I doodle new words in the margins of the page in an attempt to find direction for the remainder of the prayer. But it may remain unfinished, if only because there are other pages in the book and other prompts that catch my soul's attention.
However you have experienced this prayer-writing journey (perhaps with good but unmet intentions, perhaps with impressive daily discipline), the good news of prayer and of prayer-writing is that you can always turn the page to start a new prayer! Some days our pens feel alive with the Spirit, other days not so much, but God meets us every day no matter our pens' skill or inspiration!
So I invite you to share your prayers and your stories of prayer-writing today!
What prayer flowed faster than your pen could write?
What prayer remains unfinished?
What have been the joys and the sticking points of your prayer-writing journey?
Continued blessings on your prayer-writing!
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