Culture, Discipleship

Where Are The Words?

Today on Twitter a freelance writer asked the ether if she was the only one that has faced slowness in the writing process during the pandemic. A pastor I follow chimed in that for him even the sermon writing process was feeling more difficult. These two, and others I have heard from, match the struggle I have been having. Wondering where the words are.

I am not a prolific writer, other than the weekly sermon (I supposed that’s a ten page paper each week, researched, outlined, and drafted), I haven’t had the itch to start new projects or even put thoughts in my journal.

Perhaps there is a numbness that follows so much news, and so many opposing views. An exhaustion in processing said information and trying to communicate decisions to a varied audience. Or maybe we can add creativity to the list of enterprises devastated by COVID!

I remain hopeful. Words will come. After all, plenty of people are saying and penning very thorough pieces pertaining to the pandemic and politics. I am praying my words come through on other topics!

So here is to stimulating the writing muscles, spreading the words around and doing more writing.

Discipleship

Putting Pen to Paper

When we were all setting New Year’s resolutions none of us thought we would be here. Living through a pandemic, schools closed, churches live-streaming, the CDC saying we shouldn’t gather in groups over 50. It is a challenging time. But all necessary if we can flatten the curve of those sick with COVID-19 and the overwhelming of our medical systems.

So what should we do? Well lots of things, but first let me encourage you to journal each day through this pandemic. The days will begin to get interesting and for posterity sake it would be nice to have a record of what you experienced. But also, you are going to need to process everything that is happening and what you are feeling.

Describe the things you read or hear throughout the day. What it is like having the kids home. How much toilet paper you have in reserve. Whatever comes to mind and needs to be on the page.

Studies indicate journaling, just the art of putting pen to paper to describe the day and what you have been thinking, helps your overall mental state. It can calm where there is anxiety, it can capture where there is creativity, it can resolve what seems stuck.

As we embark on this journey together then, grab some paper (maybe you have an unused journal around the house), pick up a pen and let it rip.