I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God
so that you may know that you have eternal life. [1 John 5:13]

Friday, March 27, 2009

Praising God Through Poetry

I've been taxing my brain to think of a good title for the session I'm leading at the writer's conference at the end of April. I've also received several great suggestions from others. I decided this morning I would just it all "roll around" in my head and come up with something tonight (since the deadline is tomorrow!) I'm going to title my workshop, "Praising God Through Poetry". The theme of the conference is "Time to Testify" and I am speaking about poetry, so I think that's a suitable title.

Today at work, I read a short poem by Emily Dickinson that was printed and framed:

If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.

I think this captures the heart of every poet - actually every writer. As a Christian writer, I would add that we have the desire to do these good deeds because of the gift of grace won for us by Christ. I will build my presentation on this poem and a couple of psalms. Haven't decided which ones yet.

I have also decided to change the focus of this blog a bit. I will continue to share my own writing journey, but I am going to focus more on offering encouragement to other writers. I'll add to the grammar helps I've posted on and off and expand it to including ways to deal with writer's block, and other writing challenges.

I feel God encouraging me to stretch and enlarge my ministry.


Andrea said...

Amen, thankful GOD led you to HIS title! for you!! You will be a blessing at the conference.
PS: I had to go thru sitka's blog to get to this post. It isnt showing up on the roll on my dashboard..just the one before it.

Gloria said...

Hi All,
I was looking through Writers.com and came across your web page. I am with you, there are never enough rasons to stop praising the Lord God, and too many reasons to continue to ask God for his tender loving mercy. I was driving home last night on the GWB in New Jersey coming to New York. It was slow, from the Rt.46 highway. That was about 20 plus minute back up, as I was channel surfing, I like to listen to some of the stuff my youngest daughter listens to, but I found 104.3 a Christian channel, and decided that would be the station I would listen to. It was soothing, I am not a Christian, even though I know some people who are. I am Catholic, but I appreciate how Christian people are always trying to get out the word of the Lord. There are many situations that seem out of control at times in my life. When that happens, I sit quietly and request God to please help me quiet the noise in my head. I start to listen to one thought at time, and then from there I can concentrate on what is the most pressing things I have to do in my day, even when it dosen't seem so perfect.In Jesus all things are perfect. Thank-You Gloria

RCUBE S said...

Way to go sister! I pray the Lord's presence will be felt by everyone in your conference! May He continue to guide you with His divine wisdom! Thanks always for your encouraging comments and visits...God bless...Lookin' forward to the outcome of the conference and learn more from you...