A Writer’s Prayer of Thanks

A Writer’s Prayer of Thanks

Lord, Jesus, Logos, Living Word,
thank you for the joy and privilege
of being a writer.

Thank you,
a million times, thank you
that I get to spend my days
amid words
and sentences
and paragraphs
that (mostly) cooperate
and do my bidding.

Thank you for the smell of pencil shavings,
the elegance of a good fountain pen,
the click-clack of ancient typewriter keys;
for the intoxication of creative juices,
the sweetness of a well-turned phrase,
the creak of the office chair,
the surprise of a catch in the throat
and the salty track of a tear on the cheek;
for the agony of the blank page,
the ecstasy of the last line,
the terror of hitting “send”
and the fragrance of fresh ink on crisp new pages.

Thank you for the blessings
and dangers of living
and writing
and researching
in the Information Age,
for the alluring rabbit trails
and multiple (even conflicting) sources
and fascinating discoveries
that make research so enjoyable.

Thank you for the availability of information
in libraries,
from experts,
in publications,
and books.

Thank you for the technology that makes my job easier:
for the qwerty keyboard,
computers and screens,
word processors and printers,
websites and wifi,
downloadable documents
and searchable databases.
Thank you for cell phones
and the ability to silence them.
Thank you for electricity and iTunes
and paper and ink.

Thank you for the honor
of seeing my words in print,
where others will read them
and perhaps be helped by them.

Thank you that my brain
and fingers
still work
(despite years of wear and tear),
and that agents
and publishers
and readers
haven’t yet
found me out.


19 Responses to A Writer’s Prayer of Thanks

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    Shirlee Abbott November 27, 2019 at 4:42 am #

    Thank you, Lord, for the undo and delete keys (and thank you, Bob, for your poetic wisdom).

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    Nancy Massand November 27, 2019 at 5:29 am #

    And all the writer’s said…..AMEN

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      Nancy Massand November 27, 2019 at 5:40 am #

      (laughing at the writer’s curse, that darn autocorrect that makes us look like we don’t know how to use apostrophes) but thankful nonetheless

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    Diana Derringer November 27, 2019 at 5:29 am #

    I love this! Thank you.

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      Jim Reeverts December 3, 2019 at 8:57 am #

      Amen! And THANK YOU Lord for quiet spaces to settle a noisy brain!

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    tuviapollack November 27, 2019 at 5:52 am #

    “Thank you for cell phones
    and the ability to silence them.”


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    Loretta Eidson November 27, 2019 at 6:21 am #


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    Deborah Maxey November 27, 2019 at 6:52 am #

    I’m thankful for this blog and all the wisdom I gain from it. This was awesome.

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    Andrew Budek-Schmeisser November 27, 2019 at 7:37 am #

    Thank You for the cheap cigars,
    and five-litre box-ed wines.
    Thanks for backyard muscle cars
    (but not so much for speeding fines).
    Thank You for the county fairs,
    and for moonshine ‘rocket fuel’,
    and thanks for those who put on airs
    when I need someone to ridicule.
    Thanks for fistfights with my friends,
    and for my patient lady dentist,
    and for showing me Your ends
    to which, oddly, I’m apprenticed.
    Some may call me redneck, tribal,
    but I’ve got my rifle and my Bible.

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    Linda Alexander November 27, 2019 at 7:38 am #

    Yes … A-men!

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    Debby Zigenis-Lowery November 27, 2019 at 8:27 am #

    Thank you so much for this wonderful, celebratory prayer of gratitude!

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    Cindi Noble November 27, 2019 at 9:04 am #

    I’m thankful for the privilege of being a writer and the joy that it brings. Happy Thanksgiving!

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    aflcoker November 27, 2019 at 9:56 am #

    Thanks to you, Bob, for being an excellent writer and agent. I’m going to forward your prayer to writer friends. Have a blessed and happy Thanksgiving.

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    Karen Warax November 27, 2019 at 10:45 am #

    What a BEAUTIFUL & POWERFUL PRAYER!!! Caused me to HOLY SPIRIT LEAK from the beginning through the end of the prayer! Praises to our FAITHFUL GOD!!!

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      Christine Hagion November 27, 2019 at 12:54 pm #

      I love this! I think I’m going to print it out and put it on my wall. Thank you, God–and thank you, Bob Hostetler!

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    Sheri Dean Parmelee, Ph.D December 1, 2019 at 2:29 pm #

    Amen, Thanks, Bob!

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    Froline Bultedaob December 3, 2019 at 5:07 am #

    Wow, love this.. thanks for a wonderful Thanksgiving Prayer.

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    Ada Brownell January 4, 2020 at 8:41 pm #

    Love it, not only for the messages of thankfulness, but also the beauty of the prayer itself, and the honor of praying the words to our Maker.

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