|Posted by ruthsmithmeyer-com on June 25, 2009 at 10:20 AM|
WRITE! Canada?the annual coming together of writers who are Christian, has happened again. Even though I haven?t missed a year since the first one I attended in 2001, I had been thinking I was almost too busy to go this year. In retrospect, I often have the same feelings about going to choir practice or small group meetings?I?m busy, or tired and wonder if it is worth the effort to go.
However, when I get there, I feel the immediate rapport of people of like mind, the rush of knowing I am not alone in my endeavors, the happy meeting with old friends, the words of encouragement from people I admire and respect, the blessing of ?two or three together.? It doesn?t take long for the surge of energy to come flowing in, the rejuvenation that happens when you are once more focused on God?s purpose for your life and your vision once more clarified and renewed.
The continuing education courses, workshops, speakers for the plenary sessions, worship services all provide valuable information and inspiration. The late night owl and early bird sessions where author?s read bits of their works to each other magnifies the marvel of how God works in and through individuals in beautiful ways that speak to hearts. Even meal times, sitting, with authors, editors and publishers who freely share their expertise and advice,gently encouraging everyone from newbies to the more seasoned are enriching times.
Saturday noon I shared with someone that I almost felt I had to shake my head to let things settle a bit so I?d have room for the last bit of inspiration.
When the last session was over, I left with a peaceful calm. A transformation had taken place in just two and a half days. Yes, I was tired, but there was no doubt in my mind that it had been well worthwhile.
If anyone senses a writer within themselves, consider attending next years WRITE! Canada. Look it up on the web and visit The Word Guild pages while you are at it.