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.
Tonight, I considered begging off with a sabbath, but I felt it was important to show up with more than a “Hello and good night.” Sometimes it’s important to acknowledge the times when things seem not to be working out, when there are no ideas to write about, or too many ideas with not enough energy or space to draw out some meaningful or coherent insights.
Tonight, it doesn’t look like I’m going to have a well-crafted essay with an interesting story or salient points of wisdom.
It looks like I am just going to show up.
I will say this: I’m glad for the opportunity to show up.
I’m glad I have this time set aside every night to allow my voice to be heard (and, to be quite honest, to listen to the voices of others).
I’m glad for the habit of writing for publication every night. This habit allows me to show up even before the Muse whispers in my ear—if at all.
I’m glad for the communities of writers who fill my head with such interesting and provocative insights day after day after day.
I’m glad I found the energy to at least show up today and put in my time.
I’m glad that tomorrow I will probably be in a different space—perhaps one in which I’ve received a coherent word from the muse in a form I can translate into lively prose.
I’m glad that tomorrow (God willing) I will show up again—even if the Muse doesn’t give me anything brilliant to say.
I’m glad for so many things I could name, but I feel I have tried your patience enough for tonight, Dear Reader, and now I feel it is entirely appropriate to release you with a wish that you have a happy Epiphany season and a very good year.
Thanks be to God!
Thank you for your time and attention.
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May God richly bless you on your journey.