Sunday, November 20, 2005

Of Writing Classes, Journals, and Faith

I just completed a Journaling for Writers course at the Long Story Short School of Writing website. Erica Miner is a great instructor, encouraging but challenging, not letting me get away with mediocre, but pulling so much more out of me.

I ended up going through my old journals in order to complete some of the assignments. I poured through early entries, amused, amazed and sometimes bored with my younger, whinier self. I'd forgotten how tired I always was when the boys were younger. I'd forgotten some of the cute things they had done, or the fascinating things they would say.

The walk down memory lane did a couple of things for me besides help me to complete my assignments.

First, I often think this writing thing I do is something I recently got into. The journals remind me that writing is something I have done throughout my life. I have always poured myself out on paper, sometimes through poetry, sometimes in a journal. Sure, there were long, dry periods of no writing but I have yet to give it up forever. My journals remind me of my progress and my growth.

The second discovery involves my spiritual growth. My faith journey is sprinkled throughout my sporadic, journal entries. The periods of doubt, the search for a deeper faith, the quests down different paths, all the journeys that led back to one place, one God. One who was there all the time - in the beginning and the end.

The journey is far from over yet, and I'm sure more will be examined through the pages of my journal. Still it is comforting to realize that God is my constant companion in these pages. It is a friendship explored in ink, revealed in bound pages and sealed in the heart. * o


Rhodi Alers de López said...

Oh Evie: What a precious testimony of God's faithfullness! It does good to the soul to look back and see that God walked the path with us and still is. God bless you!

Eveline Maedel said...

As always, thank you Rhodi for your encouragement :)

Beautiful Bern said...

"It is a friendship explored in ink, revealed in bound pages and sealed in the heart." I love this sentence and it's so true. 'God is everywhere, God is love' and through our love of writing and living we live God's life, effortlessly. I've only just found this blog entry after a busy time and your words always inspire me. Thanks.

Eveline Maedel said...

Bern, so glad you stopped by again!