Posted on March 27, 2018 by Jenn Zatopek
It has been six months since I began blogging, and I have learned much about myself through the process of writing, the sheer terror and thrill of putting my work out there for anyone to see, and the process of letting go of the results. This has not been the easiest thing to do, but it’s been one of the most freeing things I have ever done, next to psychotherapy, flying in an airplane, and serving the poor in another country.
Today, the only thing I want to write about today is my gratitude for you, my dear readers who take time out of your busy days to read my work.
Thank you for reading, for posting uplifting comments, for your encouragement, friendship, support, investment, and love. Some of you persuaded me regularly to keep writing and posting, no matter what happens. Others read my blog and have reflected on what I have written and have not commented, which is also fine, as technology can be a double-edged sword of pleasure and annoyance.
I totally get it and thank you anyway.
For me, writing is not only an activity to do in solitude but one that pulls me into the embrace of humanity, the embrace of a God who works in the economy of grace, through others, nature, community, and time. I write because I long to connect with others whose lives reflect the desire to rise above the difficulties they face each day.
So just imagine you and I are having a cup of tea together at my house. I put water in the electric kettle in my tea station and grab a couple of my favorite mugs off the black rack on my wall above the painting of the joyful woman. You and I sit down together over a cup of tea, a meal, and we break bread together. Truly, this is what writing feels like, and this metaphor uplifts and fortifies me for the daily journey.
I am nothing if not a bit earnest and serious in my love for God and for others and and writing, and I thank you, again, for going on this journey with me.
Every time you cross my mind, I break out in exclamations of thanks to God. Each exclamation is a trigger to prayer. I find myself praying for you with a glad heart. (Philipians 1:3-4, MSG).