A Season for Everything: A Time to Write

In the remote possibility anyone has noticed, my last post was two years ago July 16, 2015 (The Radical Act of Reading Scripture). Two years! A lot of life has taken place in two years. Every now and then someone will ask me "when do you plan to blog again"?  I smile, nod and change the subject. Time to come clean. I simply stopped making the time and space for the blog as other things crowded it out of my routine. In other words, it didn't stay on my list of priorities. During my sabbatical I spent a number of my walks thinking about my priorities and how I'd like to invest this next season of my life.  One thing became more clear - I enjoy writing at least as much as I enjoy teaching. Whether it be writing in my journal, a blog or writing a sermon (and maybe a book will find its way onto the list), I enjoy the process of writing. I love words and ideas and finding the right words to bring life to ideas. 

Thoughts like these resonate with me  ...

“I write because I don’t know what I think until I read what I say.”    Flannery O’Connor.                                                                      

”Writing is way of knitting the vast ball of our experiences into something with shape that attests to the state of our soul.”   Adele Calhoun (describing the practice of journaling)                                                                                                                                                          

"Moving the ink across the page opens up the eyes. We may not understand how it sheds light or focuses it's lens, but we only know “that there are eyes in pencils and in pens.”   Ann Voscamp                                                                                                 

Solomon wrote that there is a time and season for everything (Ecclesiastes 3:1). So, in this spirit I will resume writing my blog, Deeply RootedMy return will modest - just two posts a month. I'll be sharing the stories and signposts from my story (or maybe some of your stories) which point to the presence of God in our lives. I'll be writing largely for the Grace family - the people and place where I share my life and ministry.

My hope for those who read Deeply Rooted is best expressed by a personal mission statement I wrote some years ago. I keep it tucked inside the front my journal.

I long to experience the presence of God moving through every detail of my life, pleasant and unpleasant,                 carrying me into: A richer encounter with God, a closer experience of community with others, a deeper experience in becoming more like Christ, and a meaningful kingdom influence in our changing world.

My hope is to be a lead seeker on a spiritual journey; not possessing all the answers, but possessing a genuine and contagious passion to find my way home to Father and bring a few others along with me in our common search for Christ, character, courage, meaning and hope.

Thanks for joining me.

For the next couple of posts I'll share other reflections from my sabbatical.

Deeply Rooted,

Gary