Faith seeking understanding #005: Trusting the writing to bring me closer to truth

Faith seeking understanding, my personal journey towards a deeper knowledge of and intimacy with God, the cosmos, humanity and myself through thoughts, words and (occasionally) images, is a series of [hopefully] daily reflections I’m writing with the purpose of publishing something on a regular basis for others to read, either here, at joncarllewis.com or among my writings at Medium.com.

The temptation is to not publish today. I have journaled about feeling stuck and not knowing what to write about, but perhaps I might take a look at the title of this series: “Faith Seeking Understanding.” The phrase is attributed to St. Anselm of Canterbury as his motto, but I think I am understanding it a little differently than he. For me the faith I have is more like a trust in the practice of writing, of exploring my world and the world beyond through the written word with the hope of coming to a deeper understanding of myself, humanity, the cosmos and God.

Why do I think writing will help me accomplish all of this? Well, perhaps because I don’t see myself as writing alone. I feel that if I approach the discipline of writing as a spiritual practice, even as prayer, then the Holy Spirit may take notice and breathe some truth through me in the form of words I am inspired to write. Furthermore, I hope to write in communion with the members of the body of Christ who through their similar work or their lives inspire me to understand some truths which with I resonate.

I am grateful to those writers of every faith persuasion—and none—who have stepped out in courage, inspired by the Holy spirit or the muses or by rational clarity of thought, to grapple with the fascinating problem of coming to understand their worlds. I want to be in dialogue with those voices, adding my commentary and my reflections to the collective wisdom of humanity.

I think we each have a story to tell. I believe that each of us must tell our stories as truthfully as we can understand them both for our own sakes and for the sake of humanity coming to understand itself and its place in the cosmos. Perhaps our stories even help God come to a fuller understanding of God nature.

But it takes practice to tell our stories. It takes practice to tell our stories to ourselves, and it takes a different kind of practice to learn how to tell our stories in community. The latter is what I am learning to do here. By being faithful. By allowing that faithfulness to lead me to an understanding of my craft. That my craft will be the tool that allows me to understand the world and the world to understand itself.

I appreciate your company on this journey. May our stories empower each other to speech even as we listen and learn to tell them the best that we can.

Thank you for your time and attention.
I’d love to know your thoughts on what you’ve read.
Please comment, below, or email me at joncarllewis@gmail.com.
May God richly bless you on your journey.

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Faith seeking understanding #005: Trusting the writing to bring me closer to truth

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