I just read Nahum after realizing that I’d forgotten Nahum was even in the Bible. Whoops.
“Behold, upon the mountains, the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace!” (Nahum 1:15a)
Such an interesting choice of words– “who publishes peace.” Definitely makes this writer stop and think. In my writing, do I bring good news, do I publish peace? Juxtapose this question with all I have been learning lately about conflict in stories: how we need conflict in stories even when we avoid it in real life.
Think of the gospel– the word gospel itself means “good news”– and yet it is full of conflict. The climax of the story involves a death.
And a resurrection.
While I’m still sorting out my thoughts on this, what this means to me is that while a Christian author needn’t shy away from the conflict (and, in fact, should embrace conflict in the story!), there should also be a nod toward hope, toward peace. The story might not end with sunshine or weddings or all the questions answered (I think I’d be annoyed if it did), but I think there should be a peek, a pinch, an inkling of hope.
I want to be a writer who brings good news, who publishes peace. And conflict. All of it.