A Writer’s Prayer of Thanks
Lord, Jesus, Logos, Living Word,
thank you for the joy and privilege
of being a writer.
a million times, thank you
that I get to spend my days
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
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
Thank you for the technology that makes my job easier:
for the qwerty keyboard,
computers and screens,
word processors and printers,
websites and wifi,
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
(despite years of wear and tear),
and that agents
found me out.
Thank you, Lord, for the undo and delete keys (and thank you, Bob, for your poetic wisdom).
And all the writer’s said…..AMEN
(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
I love this! Thank you.
Amen! And THANK YOU Lord for quiet spaces to settle a noisy brain!
“Thank you for cell phones
and the ability to silence them.”
I’m thankful for this blog and all the wisdom I gain from it. This was awesome.
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.
LOVE IT! Amen, brother!
Yes … A-men!
Thank you so much for this wonderful, celebratory prayer of gratitude!
I’m thankful for the privilege of being a writer and the joy that it brings. Happy Thanksgiving!
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.
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!!!
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!
Sheri Dean Parmelee, Ph.D
Amen, Thanks, Bob!
Wow, love this.. thanks for a wonderful Thanksgiving Prayer.
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.