Faith seeking understanding #042: On practicing the discipline of reticence

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.

Photo by Ocean Biggshott on Unsplash.

Tonight is one of those nights where I have so much to process, I can hardly write. This is my third attempt at a reflection for publication, and I don’t particularly have anything light and witty, or wise and deep to say. What I have is a jumble of feelings that need to be sorted through, and there are times that shouldn’t be done in public.

I’ve written about this before, in Faith seeking understanding #004: On writing while scarred rather than with an open wound. There, I wrote about some advice I received from Jeff Chu in a workshop at a writer’s conference: that one should let one’s wounds scar over before writing about them in public.

I am coming to understand the wisdom of those words the more I live and the more I write. Everything can be written about, and—in my case—should, but not everything is appropriate for public consumption in its rawest and most unrefined form. The world deserves to hear what I have to say… when I have something coherent to say. The world also deserves to be edified by what I write… and that is less likely to happen if my experience pours forth in an unpleasantly undigested form.

So, I practice reticence tonight. God willing, the turmoil of today will soon work itself out in some elegant and witty manner that at the same time happens to carry the depth of time-seasoned wisdom. Expect to be mildly entertained. Expect to be moved. Expect to encounter coherent thought… at the right time.

I pray that at that time you will be ready to receive my truth.

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 #042: On practicing the discipline of reticence

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