Faith seeking understanding #008: On challenging the resistance to write

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.

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I am mindful that I am battling resistance today. This is nothing unusual; I battle resistance every day. And for the past eight days, at least, I have written a reflection despite facing the lies that I have nothing to say, that what I have to say is stupid, that if I do a little more research, I’ll have better things to say, and the like. So, I’m going to beat resistance in what seems like a clever way (at least for me) and overcome my resistance to write by writing about my resistance to write.

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Faith seeking understanding #008: On challenging the resistance to write

Faith seeking understanding #007: On just showing up, on making an attempt

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.

This blogging every day feels like work. But it’s good work and I like doing it.

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Faith seeking understanding #006: A call to compassion through mindfulness

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.

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Today, I was struck by the gospel from the daily office, John 7:53—8:11, which recounts the story of the woman who was caught in the act of committing adultery and was hauled before Jesus by the scribes and the Pharisees. It is an interesting story, quite dramatic, and it raises interesting questions on all levels, not the least of which being why this story doesn’t appear in the oldest manuscripts and has been found in some manuscripts to have been placed in the gospel according to Luke rather than its conventional placement in the gospel according to John.

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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.

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Faith seeking understanding #004: On writing while scarred rather than with an open wound

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.

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Author and theologian Jeff Chu said in a session at the Frederick Buechner Writer’s Workshop at Princeton Theological Seminary that it is preferable to write when scars have formed rather than trying to write out of an open wound. Woundings happen in life and, theodicy aside, can be rich fodder for writing in particular and understanding the human experience in general. Nevertheless, he maintains that it is better to write after a time of healing and reflection have been completed—or, at least, that’s what I understood him to be saying.

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Faith seeking understanding #003: A little sabbath

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.

Sometimes it’s necessary, after a burst of energy like I’ve had over the past few days, to take a rest. This is one of those times. Not because I don’t have anything to say, but, rather because I’ve got too much to say and I need some time to reflect in quiet and sort it all out.

Be well.

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May God richly bless you on your journey.

Faith seeking understanding #003: A little sabbath