10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Word of God with a prayerful heart.
By Susanne Timpani (No. 250)
Stories begin as a small seed. The inspiration for a book can be prompted by a seemingly insignificant conversation, a news announcement, a scene in a coffee shop or a day at the beach. A writer recognizes the inspiration and develops it. The seed is nurtured through brainstorming, researching, writing, editing and gradually the story takes shape.
For an author of a spiritual work, whether fact or fiction, the extra ingredient of prayer is added to the mix. There is an element of powerlessness we humans have in the creation of our stories. Gardeners and farmers plant and nurture seeds. Each day they can celebrate the plant’s growth. While they may be able to explain the science behind its development, they have no power to make the process work.
The desire of many writers is to touch reader's lives, whether to bring healing, hope or inspiration. We can write to our best ability but ultimately we have no power to cause that transformation.
Just a few quiet minutes for prayer before a blank screen or empty page can connect us to the greatest power of all. Spiritual writing and prayer work in partnership to bring God's transformation, either to ourselves as writers, or to our readers.
Try it today: read the scripture, slowly and prayerfully, followed by 5 minutes of free writing. Spend the next 5 minutes in silence, and be open to what happens.