This morning I met with a gifted group of writers. Our critique group allows a half hour of discussion on each person's work. The variety of interests, stories, and vantages on life amazed me.
- Leona publishes blogs on revitalizing "the rest of life" for Boomers (target group: aged 55-65).
- Lydia writes regular tea columns, devotionals, and has a wonderful book on grandparenting.
- Barbara's writing goes around the world in her Journeys in Prayer (available by subscription).
- Donna asks questions about life and theology.
- I'm thinking about compiling some of these blogs into a devotional series.
From diverse backgrounds, we each love Jesus, the Word made flesh (John 1). We cherish words. And we're grateful that God chose to invest his creativity in writers like us.
How is God wrapping his words in your flesh? Which words do you speak to God? To others?
*The Lord has granted me the petition that I made to him. 1 Samuel 1:27
*My enemies cannot speak a truthful word. Their deepest desire is to destroy others. Their talk is foul, like the stench from an open grave. Their tongues are filled with flattery.
O God, declare them guilty. Let them be caught in their own traps. Drive them away because of their many sins, for they have rebelled against you.
But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them sing joyful praises forever. Spread your protection over them, that all who love your name may be filled with joy. For you bless the godly, O LORD; you surround them with your shield of love. Psalm 5:9–12 NLT
*But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water, that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit. Jeremiah 17:7-8 NIV
*Jesus said, "Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24
Moravian Prayer: On this holy Ash Wednesday, Christ Jesus, we pray that you will be with us as we enter this time of self-examination and repentance for all the ways in which we have failed to believe or act on our belief. Amen.