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This week’s prompt is: TURN

 

 

 

Ready? Setting my timer for five minutes, and . . . GO.

I had the incredible privilege of attending the Festival of Faith and Writing this past weekend. If you’ve never been, imagine three solid days jam packed with writerly talks, presentations, conversations, and panels.

It will be weeks, if not months, before I process even a fraction of what I heard at the conference.

I intentionally chose to attend a few panel discussions on the topic of writing about race, and I’m pretty sure I left with more questions than answers.

I’m so grateful for the brave and wise individuals who gave of their time, experience, and insights to share with the various audience members in attendance.

One key point that kept ringing true was the need to listen. No matter who we are or what color our skin is, no matter how big or small our platform may be, we will never go wrong by listening to others. By turning aside to our brothers and sisters and hearing what they have to say.

I’m hoping and praying for more opportunities to turn to my left and my right to learn and engage from those beside me on this journey. Praise God that we don’t have to go it alone.

Sometimes I get overwhelmed thinking about the task that lies before us, but then this truth calms me right down:

Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of earth
Will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace

 

STOP.

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