“We need solitude in a world that wants to visit,
quiet from a world that wants idle chit-chat,
and steadfastness in a world where everything’s
changing and transient.
We need time to gather the little pieces of ourselves that scatter.”
Word Count: 40
~Dave Harrity in Making Manifest: On Faith, Creativity, and the Kingdom at Hand
Read more about the book here.
Watch this video.
ACCEPT AN INVITATION
I hope you’ll join me here on the blog starting May 1 as we work through this 28-day devotional book that’s “grounded in the acts of writing, creativity, imagination, solitude, and community-building, all designed to help you ‘re-vision’ the way you understand and interact with the Kingdom of God.”
Dave goes on to remind us that “ALL people can be creative since the act of creating is something we’re designed to do.“
The book offers daily meditations that end with a personal writing exercise of some kind–designed to complete in about 30 minutes and “meant to incline your heart and mind toward mystery . . . “
And get this… at the end of each week we’ll take our “scribblings” and combine them into the beginnings of a poem.
How’s that as a followup to National Poetry Month?
Every Thursday we’ll meet back here to “debrief,” and I’ll offer a linkup if you want to write about your experience on your own blog. I’m also planning to open a Facebook page so we can interact with each other during the week. In addition, I hope to have some “poetic friends” stop by to guest post for us. I’m hoping even Dave himself will pop in.
You guys, I’m really excited about going through this book with you. And a little nervous because I’ve never attempted to do a study like this on the blog. But as I sit here writing this, my heart is beating faster, and I have this sense that God is in this right now. At this moment. For such a time as this.
I think it’s going to be fun. And meaningful. And at the end of the month, we might not be poets, but we might be better writers. We might find some of our scattered pieces and find stronger voices. We might know ourselves and each other better. We might have uncovered new seeds of creativity and learned to embrace ourselves as God’s poemias.
And we might have seen and made God manifest in new ways.
WIN THE BOOK
So… are you with me? If so, leave a comment below by next Wednesday, April 9. I have an extra copy of this book to give away, and the grandgirl might draw YOUR name. I’ll announce the winner on Thursday, April 10.
Today’s Reading: 1 Corinthians 9 – 16
In the stillness,