Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Soul Work for Writers
Soul work comes in various forms through different people. I recognize God's mercy to me because He has sent so many friends and set me in a family that has shaped my soul.
Recently.my meditations are on soul shaping. I marvel at God's constant interventions even when I am so unaware. For example, I have been working on the Midwest Writers Workshop . The event was last weekend. Each monthly meeting is focused on how to make the next workshop better. It involves monthly meetings discussing finances, speakers, authors, agents, and what sessions are needed to meet the needs of aspiring writers as well as published authors. Sometimes the meetings are filled with laughter, and we munch on cookies made by Barb, one of the committee people. Other meetings drag on as we get snagged on a detail or budget need. However, by the time the end of July roles around, we have an organized program, gifted speakers and agents, and tasty food to inspire the participants. As they walk through the door for the intensive sessions, my heart feels warm and my emotions are high. I marvel who God sends each year.
I think of the specifics that are involved. The participant must have this weekend free, have money to register as well as lodging and transportation. They are hand picked. This year we had more than a hundred new folks and many repeaters. The returning veterans are like family. We hug and celebrate the beginning of a new understanding of writing, publishing, and progress.
I have been involved as a participant for over twenty years and have been on the committee the last three years. I never realized when I attended as an eager student how much went into the planning . Now, that I am on the other side, I perceive that helping the writing community is such a privilege and gives me so much fulfillment. We hammer away at the statue each month molding it into an art form. We spend endless hours discussing, writing, searching the internet, and planning. At the end of this building and organizing process, an opportunity is created for writers. The process brings forth a statue like in the photo. Many hours are needed. Many hands are used especially the hands of Jama Bigger, our director. The sculpting tools are not chisels, but instead, the minds, words, and hearts of the committee.
I know that this is like God's work on our soul. We make choices. We pray. We write, reflect , and meditate. We study God's word, and ponder His part in our own story. His intervention and grace creates soul growth. He sends friends, books, movies, and family to use as his "faculty". Simple objects and gentle folks mold our souls into the image God intended. We are His "workshop" . He forms us into His image. All of us are writers involved in life. God gives us opportunities to share His love through our words. Soul work. I realize that my husband helps God mold me. Do I know the person ahead of me in a long line just might be there by God's design? Soul work is happening each moment of my life. I realize how much God cares for me. "He will perfect that which concerneth me." Psa 138:8