Author Bob Hostetler

Word and Writer (A Writer’s Prayer)

In the beginning was the Word,
says your Word, Lord.

You identify yourself as Word and Writer,
Speaker and Spoken.

You are the Source of all things.
Beginning.
Alpha.
First.

So let it be in me, and in my writing, Lord.
Be my first thought as I put pen to paper,
the Source and Supplier,
Word and Writer,
Speaker and Spoken.

Grant that I may pretend to no originality,
no creativity of my own,
but to be a thinker of your thoughts,
a writer of your words,
and herald of your good news
in all I write today,
In Jesus’ name, amen.

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