Day 12: Finding Hope in Unmet Expectations – Write

Faith Poetry Prayer Writing

The Power of the Written Word

I find it fascinating to read the account of Zechariah and Elizabeth in the book of Luke. In Zechariah’s unbelief at the angel Gabriel’s prophecy that Elizabeth would bear a child, he was struck mute. Upon the birth of Zechariah’s child, he was asked what the name of the baby would be. He wrote down his name on a tablet – John the Baptist.

Sit with that for a minute. He wrote his son’s name down. The power of the pen is prevalent. So with that, I was inspired to write the following poem for you. If you are struggling as a writer, I urge you to find your center and try again.

Write what I’ve placed upon your heart. 
Writing is a calling and not one to take lightly.

It is filled with emotional distress,
peeling back scabs on healing wounds,
situating yourself in a light

It exposes you for who you really are.

Writing is also a deep joy,
a faithful healing,
a powerful urgency to facilitate freedom

Freedom in others.

As you sit down to put pen to paper,
know the weight of what you chew.

Know the gravity of what you’ll allow.

And when sitting down is hard,
you haven’t written for months,
know that your very existence is writing.

Your story is written on your heart,
walked out in your daily life. 

Writer’s block does not exist.
It is a lie posed to you so that you can give up.
Don’t.

You are called to more.
You are called to bear fruit.
So, when you write for your life,
you are truly writing for your life.

Therefore, write for your life.

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Friend, this is Day 12 of a series of posts for the month of October. I’m joining Kate Motaung over at Five Minute Friday for the yearly Write 31 Days challenge. Above is what I wrote in 5 minutes.

My topic is “Finding Hope in Unmet Expectations” because that’s what my book is about as well. On Fridays, I will write you a poem. Each day has a different word prompt. I hope you enjoy.

Today’s word prompt is WRITE.

Cover photo credit: Photo by Brad Neathery on Unsplash

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