Gleanings: Writing

The Oboedire ministry brings people across my path who say, “Sometimes I think I should be a writer.”  I offer his piece from Henri Nouwen’s Bread for the Journey (April 27) to encourage you…

Writing can be a true spiritual discipline. Writing can help us to concentrate, to get in touch with the deeper stirrings of our hearts, to clarify our minds, to process confusing emotions, to reflect on our experiences, to give artistic expression to what we are living, and to store significant events in our memories. Writing can also be good for others who might read what we write.

Quite often a difficult, painful, or frustrating day can be “redeemed” by writing about it. By writing we can claim what we have lived and thus integrate it more fully into our journeys. Then writing can become lifesaving for us and sometimes for others too.

About Steve Harper

Dr. Steve Harper is retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 45 books. He is also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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2 Responses to Gleanings: Writing

  1. dixie5545 says:

    My Mornings are filled with a time of quite. This is where my writing comes to me in the forms of bible verse and solutions to problems. Taking time to hear God daily has given me a journal of beautiful words meant for me in a personal way. Thanks

  2. Shelley says:

    I have found that writing, journaling, has played an intricate role along my journey to serve Christ. Thank you for sharing this excerpt from Henry Nouwen, Pastor Steve. Wanted to add that I read the Thursday reading/prayer from deSilvas ‘Praying with John Wesley’ this morning. Very appropriate for the day and my upcoming move. I would not have this uplifting text ‘writing’ if not for you, Pastor Steve! Thank you!

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