Emerging Artists Collective

writing girl againMy college writing mentor Judith Hougen started an artist group in the Twin Cities called the Emerging Artists Collective, and we had our first meeting in November.

I cannot tell you how amazing it was to be gathered with other Christian artists (writers, filmmakers, visual artists) to discuss faith and writing.

The thing that stood out to me most was a quote Judy shared.  I have been looking online, and I can’t find the quote, but it went something like this: “The older I get, what I mean by Christianity and what I mean by writing are largely the same thing.”

I love that.

It’s true that in my own life, my faith and my writing have become terrifically wrapped up.  When I write, I feel like I have spent time with God.  It all feels very mysterious to me, but I love that too (of course I do).

Related posts:
The Faith of a Pantser
Why Christians Should Write

 

Love in the form of Story

One of the ways I experience God’s love is in my enjoyment of story.

Does that make any sense?

What I mean is that when I lie awake in bed at night with ideas, characters, and stories tripping capriciously through my mind, I feel like God’s beloved.  When I read incredible writing that makes my brain fizz and my fingers itch, I feel confident that God is good and that He loves me deeply.  Why else would he offer me something so unfathomably beautiful?

Beauty, period.  Why invent loveliness, color, sound, except out of sheer grace?

And for me, story.  The delight of it all is like a resting place.

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