Sunday, 25 January 2009

Reasons For Going

I was delighted to be able to go to church last week because it was a communion service. I was upset today because I wasn't able to go. So why is it important to me?

The reasons have changed over the years. When I first became a Christian, if I didn't get my 'fix' on Sunday, I found it hard to make it through the week. Since then I have learned to develop my relationship with God so that I am not so reliant on other people to do it for me. But I still need to go to church as often as I can.

Apart from the command to not stop meeting together, there is something in corporate worship that you can't get any other way. And it's not just what you get, but what you give - together. And I don't just mean singing. 1 Corinthians 10:31 says "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." That's easier to say than do, but much easier in church.

One of the purposes of meeting together is to lift and encourage each other. Another is fellowship. I have had some very lonely times as a Christian recently, and the company is such a blessing. I hope I can be a blessing to them too. To be able to sing with a whole crowd who love the Lord like you do, to pray together, and to listen to a sermon that applies to your life, is truly wonderful. That's why I am sad when I don't go.

So Church, heartfelt thanks.

Saturday, 10 January 2009

Writing Inspiration

One of my Christmas presents was a Mslexia Diary. I had never heard of them, but they are an organisation for women writers. The Diary is amazing, lots of quotes and ideas, and tips, and pages to keep track of your work, and blank pages for your writing. It has inspired me to do more, and think more, and keep track of my thinking.

To my surprise, I have already written a poem - I haven't written poetry for years, and I just got an idea for a cryptic first line, and I was away! I'm not ready to share it with the world just yet, just with those I trust, but it's a start. I'm also making good progress with The Kestrel. Part 1 is finished, and I have someone reading it for me. I have started re--writing part 2 and been gratified to find that the Captain's first speech reveals all the things I have hinted at in part 1 - even though I didn't check it while I was writing.

I have also decided to revisit something Christian I wrote a long time ago and never finished. In light of the errors creeping into the church these days, I think it is even more relevant than when I started it. It's called 'Blinded by the Light', and deals with the errors we can fall into, even when we're saved. Things like superstition, and looking for magic formulas. I'll keep you posted.