Acceptable Words. Prayers for the Writer by Gary D. Schmidt, Elizabeth Stickney, Gary Schmidt

By Gary D. Schmidt, Elizabeth Stickney, Gary Schmidt

Acceptable Words deals prayers that correspond with every one level of the writer's paintings — from discovering notion to penning the 1st phrases to "offering it to God" at of entirety. Gary Schmidt and Elizabeth Stickney, skilled writers themselves, introduce every one bankruptcy of prayers with pithy pastoral reflections that may inspire writers of their craft.

This welcome non secular source for writers comprises either old and modern poems and prayers — a few of which have been written specially for this quantity. A considerate present for any author, Acceptable Words will accompany writers on their religious trip, lending phrases of compliment and petition in particular crafted to fit their designated vocation.

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Will all of this be frustrating? Yes. But how powerfully the process of writing mirrors the spiritual life, which calls for such elements as a faith that dares to begin, a strong perseverance despite our faltering missteps, and a repentance that turns back and starts again. Writers know the principle. A Poet’s Prayer God, you who by your word renew every good thing, take my dead tongue and make it vital. Enliven my speech this day that I might maneuver nouns, verbs, and particles into patterns not yet seen — poems that surprise the mind and quicken the heart, verses that are congruent with whatever is true.

It is just that it is a slow thing to speak with anybody. Colin Duriez Hymn 15: Taste 1 O guide my judgement and my taste, Sweet SPIRIT, author of the book Of wonders, told in language chaste And plainness, not to be mistook. ” 3 Who his soul’s rapture can refrain? At Joseph’s ever-pleasing tale Of marvels, the prodigious train, To Sinai’s hill from Goshen’s vale. 4 The Psalmist and proverbial Seer, And all the prophets sons of song, Make all things precious, all things dear, And bear the brilliant word along.

Vincent Millay Almighty God, dwelling in the beauty of holiness, from whom all skills of mind, hand and tongue do come; may those who give their lives to the creation of beauty be surprised by the joy of discovering your presence in your world, and give others the hope of beholding your glory unveiled in heaven, where you are alive and reign, Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier, one God for ever and ever. Michael John Radford Counsell The heavens declare thy glory, Lord; In every star thy wisdom shines; But when our eyes behold thy word, We read thy name in fairer lines.

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