In The Beginning
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God."
— John 1:1
Words have the power to incite and divide, to calm and connect, to create and affect change.
It can even be argued that words create reality. Reality does not exist without words to describe it. In fact that is much of what we do on Sunday morning. We try and use words to re-describe reality in terms of a faith experience.
In an effort to continue this project throughout the week we are going to begin blogging on our website in a decent and orderly fashion. For those of you non-Presbyterians, we Presbyterians love to use (way overuse the phrase) "decent and in order" — but that is a topic for another blog.
I will blog the first week of each month. Kelly Staples, our pastoral assistant, will blog on the second week of each month.
Liz Rasley, a church member and wonderful writer, will blog on the third week, and Tom Blackwood, a member of our Session and chair of our Mission Committee will blog on the fourth.
To kick off our new blogging commitment I thought I would quote from the best book on writing I have ever read. I think this quote also gives some credence as to why we blog... or read a blog anyway.
"Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. They deepen and widen and expand our sense of life: they feed the soul. When writers make us shake our heads with the exactness of their prose and their truths, and even make us laugh about ourselves or life, our buoyancy is restored. We are given a shot at dancing with, or at least clapping along with, the absurdity of life, instead of being squashed by it over and over again. It's like singing on a boat during a terrible storm at sea. You can't stop the raging storm, but singing can change the hearts and spirits of the people who are together on that ship."
— Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life