There is a page in Ann Lamott’s book ‘Bird by bird’ that I go back and read often. It says this…
Do not be afraid of your material or your past. Be afraid of wasting anymore time obsessing about how you look and how people see you…….Write straight to the emotional centre of things. Write towards vulnerability. Risk being unliked. Tell the truth as you understand it. If you are a writer, you have a moral obligation to do this. And it is a revolutionary act – truth is always subversive.
This is really scary for me because what I really feel pulled to write about is my reason for leaving the church at 14 and my journey through ministry life after becoming a Christian in my twenties.
With all the good that is present in the church, there are times when I still feel like that 14 year old. Sitting on the edge of my pew, looking for the closest exit.
And it is not that there is something terribly wrong with my experience, it’s just that over the years I have questioned its relevance to the world that I live life in. Those two worlds are disconnected. There is something broken about that in our ever busy lives and I’m not sure what the answer is.
But I have a lot of questions.
The best place to start is the beginning.
See you tomorrow,
Photo by Priscilla Du Preez