The Writer’s Senses (a Writer’s Prayer)

Gracious God,

thank you for the smell of pencil shavings,

the tactile elegance of a good fountain pen,

and the click-clack of ancient typewriter keys…

for the intoxication of creative juices,

the sweetness of a well-turned phrase…

for the creak of the office chair,

and the surprise of a catch in the throat

and the salty track of a tear on the cheek…

for the hum of a computer,

the thrum of a printer,

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, Lord, for these gifts and graces,

and for the many others I am too dull to sense,

in Jesus’ name, amen.

21 Responses to The Writer’s Senses (a Writer’s Prayer)

  1. Joanne Viola November 24, 2021 at 5:07 am #

    Being a person who LOVES and uses pencils every day, I appreciated these thoughts this morning. No matter how we do it, may we keep on writing. May you and yours have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Roberta Messner November 24, 2021 at 5:15 am #

    Just so lovely, Bob. Right this minute, I’m thanking God for the agony of my blank page. As I trust Him to help me fill it, I will better know the Source.

  3. Tom November 24, 2021 at 5:17 am #

    Thanksgiving! A reminder that life is lived in the little things–thank you for turning that light back on.

  4. Sarah November 24, 2021 at 5:21 am #


  5. Kelly Goshorn November 24, 2021 at 5:31 am #

    Oh, Amen!

  6. Andrew Budek-Schmeisser November 24, 2021 at 6:00 am #

    God, thank you for Your servant, Bob,
    whose mien is one of gentle care
    in reminding that the writer’s job
    is one of faith, and constant prayer.
    God, thank you for the team of agents
    who work with the august Steve Laube,
    pointing out with skill and patience
    that writing’s calling, not a hobby.
    God, thanks for this community
    of which I am a humble part;
    they mean so very much to me
    in strengthening my frightened heart.
    God, thank you for each soul and face
    in which lives Your reflected Grace.

  7. Deena Adams November 24, 2021 at 6:04 am #

    Love your poem, Bob! Happy Thanksgiving!

  8. Amy Lively November 24, 2021 at 6:07 am #

    the stretch when my word count is met

    the ding of an acceptance email

    the sting of the editor’s red pen

    the shine of a five-star review

    the embrace with a reader who relates

    the joy when my tongue becomes Your skillful pen

    and my pounding heart as I recite my verses to my King.

  9. Daphne Woodall November 24, 2021 at 8:03 am #

    Love your words Bob !

  10. Lin November 24, 2021 at 9:41 am #

    Thank you, Bob.

  11. Cindy Fowell November 24, 2021 at 10:04 am #

    Thank you, Bob. This prayer is just what I and my story needed today.

  12. Alton Gansky November 24, 2021 at 11:42 am #

    Thank you for that, Bob. That should be framed. I love pencils, fountain pens (I have about 20 of them), typewriters (I have over 50 of them—yes, I need help) and all the other things you mentioned. Again, thank you.

  13. Sheri Dean Parmelee, Ph.D. November 24, 2021 at 12:18 pm #

    Amen and Happy thanksgiving, Bob!

  14. Jide November 24, 2021 at 12:22 pm #

    Amen 🙏😃… The little things… so many of them.. and yes things we are still to dull to know…thank you for sharing.

  15. Marilyn A Turk November 24, 2021 at 1:44 pm #

    Amen. I am thankful for your prayers. As I read this one, I considered how many senses I could write about in my own office. I hear the hum of my space heater and feel the warmth it sends my way. And I LOVE these lines of your prayer:

    the agony of the blank page,

    the ecstasy of the last line,

    the terror of hitting “send,”

    My writer’s life is encapsulated in these words.

  16. Kristen Joy Wilks November 24, 2021 at 6:02 pm #

    All the good things! I’ll add one. Thank you for a new battery for my laptop … so that it does not crash every 15 minutes taking so many of my words with it!

  17. Debby Lee November 24, 2021 at 11:23 pm #

    Wow, that’s a great piece of poetry. I love it.

  18. Lynda Irons November 25, 2021 at 7:12 am #


  19. Georgia A Francis November 25, 2021 at 11:44 am #

    Thank you, Bob, that was awesome!

    Office supplies and my electronics are my favorite things in the world! You covered all the basics!

  20. Diana Derringer November 25, 2021 at 1:10 pm #


  21. Desiree Webber November 30, 2021 at 4:16 pm #

    Meaningful prayer. Thank you.

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