You enter into holy ground when you create ~ Allen Arnold
~To all my blogging buddies, author friends, and artistic companions~
I didn’t craft the following prayer. Allen Arnold did. It washed over me, a waterfall of grace. I had to transcribe it onto my computer. Copy it by hand into my journal. Share it with you.
You knit me together in my mother’s womb. You created me with this unique passion to create. You invited me into this calling, so breathe into me your presence here.
You’ve broken my chains. You’ve rescued me from the desert.
This is not about me. This is not up to me. Slay my striving. Replace my productivity with your presence. Help me not look to the world for inspiration but to your imagination filled with truth, goodness, nobility, grace, and love.
Help me not to look to the world for validation for you have given me this calling, and you have given me my identity. I am first your son,
I consecrate this identity to you. My creativity to you. My heart to you. And my life to you. Reign over it all.
I hunger for you God—your mystery, your wildness, your holiness. We get to do this together. To create with words. Stories of freedom, of healing, of adventure, of hope. I want to run with you, ride with you, write with you, sing with you, create with you.
May our time be blazing with light and life. I cast out the enemy and any spirits of distraction, despair, or disheartenment. The enemy has no place in the process of creation. He is the author of lies. You are the author of life.
Grant me your peace. Grant me your presence. Your peace casts out fear. Your presence means I’m never alone. God, if you’re not in this let’s call the whole process off. I don’t want to do it without you.
May my face glow from your presence. Let me taste your goodness.
Give me a glimpse of the eternal stories and images only seen by those in the kingdom of heaven.
May my creation reflect you as the Creator.
May my calling reflect you as the caller. May the works of my hands make you smile. And last, may we do this together, Father.
In the name of Jesus I give you me.
Prayer by Allen Arnold. Taken from a speaking series by Allen Arnold, writer and speaker, given at the Colorado Christian Writer’s Conference.
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Dee light full!!! “Replace my productivity with your presence.”
Susan your scour for a flower with power and then shower the bower with a tower of wow and err and how and why and what!!
Thank you. 🙂
Do you mean Paula? Or am I confused about something.
Doh! Sorry Paula! The end of a confusing day ends with confusing you! Totally swept away by this wonderful post – and totally forgot where I was. 😦
I love this Paula. Thank you for sharing it. The world and the Word are my biggest writing inspirations, that, and the life we live everyday, all gifts from a loving Father. Writing is worship.
And that shows in your every post–that you worship as you write. So blessed by your blog!
LOL Paul. It happens to the best of us. Thought you would enjoy this post, esp. after our “conversation” about the clock and rest and productivity.