When I started this website, I used the tagline “Spiritual Practice, Faith, and Life.” I really didn’t know what to call my new blogging venture, but I figured I had to start with something, and I could always change my title later.
As it turned out, “later” came sooner than I expected, for the following year, I changed my tagline to “On Faith and Writing,” then sometime after that to “Practical Spirituality,” and finally to my current tagline: “Writing and Other Acts of Faith.” While the emphasis has changed somewhat as my blog has changed and grown over the years, the one constant has been “faith.”
Whether I’m writing an article about spiritual practices for Lent or a more general article on how to pray, reflecting on Scripture or relating a personal experience, reviewing a book or discussing mental health and the church, interviewing a writer or sharing an excerpt from one of my books—whatever the subject, I write from a faith perspective, grounded in faith and shaped by faith.
American essayist and author E.B. White wrote, “Writing is an act of faith, not of grammar.” That’s how writing seems to me too. It takes faith to set pen to paper or fingers to keyboard and write from the heart. It takes faith to rework those first words and bring them to life. It takes faith to send those precious words out into the world, not knowing how they will be received, yet praying they might find readers and speak life and hope to them.
As I point out on my About page, “acts of faith are part of being human, even if you don’t think of yourself as religious, even if faith seems like a foreign country to you. We all take leaps that we can’t explain, we all sense the unseen beyond what we can see.”
In this way, I understand faith to be relevant in all areas of my life. Without faith, I wouldn’t be able to write and speak and serve the church as I do today. Without faith, I couldn’t have taken my husband to his radiation treatments day after day after day for a whole month. Without faith, I would have lost heart in this pandemic with all of its illness, isolation, stress, and death.
For more on the relevancy of faith, please see the rest of this article on the Asian American Women on Leadership website: Resting in the One Who Is Faithful.
Writing/Reflection Prompt: What place does faith have in your life?
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