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.

22 Responses to Word and Writer (A Writer’s Prayer)

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    Shirlee Abbott August 12, 2020 at 4:53 am #

    “A thinker of your thoughts.” Yes, Lord!

    Thank you, Bob. You put words to my feelings–which is such a God-thing. I’m grateful to you–and God.

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    Christina Miller August 12, 2020 at 5:11 am #

    This was beautiful. Thank you.

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    Jack Bloodwood August 12, 2020 at 5:25 am #

    The Writer’s Prayer encompasses sufficient theology for a creed. I suspect coincidence was not a contributor.

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    Linda August 12, 2020 at 5:56 am #

    Good poem to memorize !

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    CherylCoffman August 12, 2020 at 6:02 am #

    Amen, let it be dear Lord. May You shine forth in every idea, truth,word written today. May readers be inspired, encouraged, informed, and directed to You. In Jesus name

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    Andrew Budek-Schmeisser August 12, 2020 at 6:22 am #

    Bob, what a terriic prayer!

    Lord Tennyson referred to prayer
    as a gold-linked chain, unflawed,
    binding our world, worn with care
    around the feet of God.
    But every prayer-word comes from Him,
    borrowed, then returned,
    and we are as a fresh moon’s limb,
    that shines as planet’s turned,
    prideful in our crescent glow,
    prideful in our clear cold light,
    but at heart I think we know
    that as we rule the dark of night
    what we reflect is merely sum
    of the brightness of the Son.

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      Susan Sage August 12, 2020 at 11:50 am #

      That’s beautiful, Andrew. May I share it with a few friends? giving you attribution, of course.

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        Andrew Budek-Schmeisser August 12, 2020 at 4:18 pm #

        Susan, thank you, and share away!

        And, if you have a minute, send some prayers. Things are not going well here; I have to fight on, but it’s getting so very hard.

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          Megan Schaulis August 13, 2020 at 8:43 am #

          Jesus, as you sent supporters to lift Moses’ arms in battle, lift your son Andrew as he fights on. Go before him as a banner and behind him as a rear guard. Remind him you are his provider, defender, and deliverer. Amen.

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    pzylin@mail.com August 12, 2020 at 7:26 am #

    Hi, Bob-

    What blessed relief.

    And, Amen.

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    Pamela Harstad August 12, 2020 at 7:46 am #

    Awesome. I love this.

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    Colleen Snyder August 12, 2020 at 8:19 am #

    Amen. May my FIRST thought be “what do YOU want me to say”? Too often, it’s “what do I want to say?” What a blessing… and a balm to this soul who struggles with the edict to “control the reader’s reactions” and “manipulate the reader’s emotions.” Say what God wants me to say, in a manner that brings Him glory. Thank you!

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    Lila Diller August 12, 2020 at 8:42 am #

    Amen!

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    Katherine Pasour August 12, 2020 at 11:03 am #

    Although we, as authors, all strive to do those, we often fail. Thank you for putting our mission and witness into words to live and write by.

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    Andrew Budek-Schmeisser August 12, 2020 at 4:29 pm #

    Guys, help, please…I need prayer, and need it now. Cancer’s winning.

    For God’s sake, can you hear me?
    I am now outfought
    and will not stand on dignity;
    send everything you’ve got.
    My legs will not support my weight,
    nor my lungs, my breath;
    please tell me this is not my fate;
    please tell me it’s not death.
    I wait for running footfalls,
    and voices of my friends;
    I wait, caught now in fearful thrall;
    is this how it ends?
    I wait for what I do not hear;
    for God’s sake, GET ME OUT OF HERE!

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      Cindy Fowell August 12, 2020 at 5:59 pm #

      Praying for you Andrew. May you know you’ve touched so many lives with your honesty, wit, and humor. Spreading God’s love and your faith in the midst of heartache and struggle.

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    OLUSOLA SOPHIA ANYANWU August 13, 2020 at 12:36 am #

    Andrew! Do NOT FORGET the power of the Word. Reverse your poem to the positive. Cancer is not winning!
    ‘Be a thinker of God’s thoughts’ for your life.
    No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper[Is 54:17
    The One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world [1 John 4:4]
    For I know the thoughts I have for you says the Lord;thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome[ Jeremiah 29:11]
    etc etc etc
    As you create new words today and every day, write as a son of the Creator, create a new you and like creation, separate the darkness of hopelessness from you so that Light can come in; separate the chaos of worry, panic and tension from you so that order can repossess your thoughts ; cancer is not of God.Create a new name and believe that you will win this battle because you are going to use the whole armour of God to fight your battle. Speak the word to your crisis and listen to songs like ‘So will I, Ocean and The Blessing’ on You tube.

    I never knew you had that ‘attack’ but I will join the army of Christ and with our weapons of prayer, we pray that you are invisible to the enemy and its ‘attack’ and I join the Saints of Christ to plead the BLOOD of Jesus Christ over you to perfect everything that concerns you and your health. Do not listen to the enemy trying to discourage you with the reality of your attack. Look on to Jesus Christ the Author and Finisher of your faith.

    Thank you so much Bob for being a blessing to us all today. It inspired Andrew to cry out for help from your prayer. God bless you richly for the word you shared which has blessed me to be a blessing to Andrew.
    I would also like to share your prayer on the ACW forum with your permission.
    God bless you richly in Jesus Christs’s name, Amen.

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      Andrew Budek-Schmeisser August 13, 2020 at 6:05 am #

      Olusola, thank you for the time and heart you put into this response; I treasure your words.

      Please feel free to share the prayer when and where you see fit! I’m honoured.

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    Janet Pierce August 14, 2020 at 8:53 am #

    I love this prayer, thanks.

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    Kathleen Freeman August 17, 2020 at 6:36 pm #

    Love this, Bob!
    Thank you!

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    Kathy August 24, 2020 at 2:08 pm #

    Beautiful, Thank you!

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