Acceptable Words. Prayers for the Writer by Gary D. Schmidt, Elizabeth Stickney, Gary Schmidt

By Gary D. Schmidt, Elizabeth Stickney, Gary Schmidt

Acceptable Words bargains prayers that correspond with each one level of the writer's paintings — from discovering thought to penning the 1st phrases to "offering it to God" at final touch. Gary Schmidt and Elizabeth Stickney, skilled writers themselves, introduce every one bankruptcy of prayers with pithy pastoral reflections that might motivate writers of their craft.

This welcome religious source for writers contains either historic and modern poems and prayers — a few of which have been written particularly for this quantity. A considerate present for any author, Acceptable Words will accompany writers on their religious trip, lending phrases of compliment and petition in particular crafted to fit their exact vocation.

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There will be a book that includes these pages, and she who takes it in her hands will sit staring at it a long time. until she feels that she is being held and you are writing. Rainer Maria Rilke A Last Prayer Father, I scarcely dare to pray, So clear I see, now it is done, That I have wasted half my day, And left my work but just begun; So clear I see that things I thought Were right or harmless were a sin; So clear I see that I have sought, Unconscious, selfish aims to win; So clear I see that I have hurt The souls I might have helped to save; That I have slothful been, inert, Deaf to the calls thy leaders gave.

A few inches of text, new or better, are enough for today, And more than enough to give me hope for oil in my flask tomorrow. Elizabeth Vander Lei The Writer’s Prayer Open my mind, Lord. Grant me the talent to write with clarity and style, so my words go down rich and smooth, like fine wine, and leave my reader thirsty for more. Open my heart, Lord. Grant me the sensitivity to understand my characters — their hopes, their wants, their dreams — and help me to confer that empathy to my reader. Open my soul, Lord, so I may be a channel to wisdom and creativity from beyond my Self.

I too, Father, praise you, with all these my brothers, and they give voice to my own heart and to my own silence. We are all one silence, and a diversity of voices. You have made us together, you have made us one and many, you have placed me here in the midst as witness, as awareness, and as joy. Here I am. In me the world is present, and you are present. I am a link in the chain of light and of presence. You have made me a kind of center, but a center that is nowhere. And yet also I am “here. .

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