BLOGGER: JAN KERN
Pre-Conference Next Level Clinic Coordinator and Nonfiction Mentor; Morning Mentoring Nonfiction Coordinator and Nonfiction Mentor at the 47th annual Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference, March 16-22, 2016.
Recently, on a whim, I turned my smaller sofa toward my fireplace. Yes, this made for a crazy living room arrangement, but it seemed like it could be a fun way to enjoy our winter evenings. Then I discovered that it also created a restorative morning space where I can prepare for a day’s work and writing.
Settling into my cozy corner one morning, I reviewed a quote I had found:
Measure thy life by loss and not by gain,
Not by the wine drunk, but by the wine poured forth,
For love’s strength standeth in love’s sacrifice,
And he who suffers most has most to give.
(from a sermon by Ugo Bassi)
The quote emphasizes the pouring out of our lives, offering what we have from our experiences—particularly from places of deep sacrifice or suffering.
Sounds like a writer. We dig deep into the trenches of our lives where we have wrestled and suffered and paid a cost. Then we pour out heart-laid-bare, honest words and stories, not for our gain but for our readers’.
The Apostle Paul, who was radically transformed and inspired by Christ’s complete and powerful sacrifice, encouraged the Ephesian church with following:
“Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children
and walk in the way of love,
just as Christ loved us and gave himself for us
as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”
Ephesians 5:1-2 NIV
Walking in the way of love includes knowing well love’s sacrifice:
- We seek to understand and to be fully grateful for the depth of Christ’s sacrifice.
- We consider our own suffering with vulnerability, humility and prayerful reflection.
- We compassionately acquaint ourselves with the sufferings of others.
Only then can I, or any of us, pour out love’s sacrifice, a fragrant offering that serves our readers well.
This is where I want to begin each day. As I turn away from the warmth of the morning fire, my writer’s prayer becomes:
May the words I write today pour out of time spent with you, Lord. May each phrase, reflection or story be a fragrant offering to you and love’s sacrifice for my readers.
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