God does the same today: He assures us of His love and faithfulness by doing things for us, sometimes in earthshaking ways, but usually in everyday ways.
So here you and I are, writing stories of what He has done for us—writing so that our readers will see Him, know Him, and praise Him.
Let this sink in: Your memoir can stir up a response similar to accounts told in Bible times.
For instance, think of yourself as the man in Mark 5:1-10, “So the man [insert your name] went away and began to tell the Decapolis [insert your readers’ names] how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed.”
You want your readers to respond the same way: You want them to be amazed at God!
The beauty of memoir is looking back, examining, and making sense of the past.
When we invest time in sifting through the past, and looking at it from a distance, we see that in even the worst of times, God was always on the scene, in our midst, working on our behalf.
The following Bible passage captures my vision—my prayer, my heart’s desire—for the memoir classes I teach and for this blog:
“Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
his greatness no one can fathom.
One generation will commend your works to another;
they will tell of your mighty acts.
They will speak of
the glorious splendor of your majesty,
and I will meditate on your wonderful works.
They will tell of the power of your awesome works,
and I will proclaim your great deeds.
They will celebrate your abundant goodness
and joyfully sing of your righteousness.”
Psalm 145:3-7, NIV
Keep working on your WIPs (works in progress, rough drafts) and as you do, make a conscious decision: write your memoir as a celebration—a celebration of God in all His goodness, faithfulness, holiness, and splendor.
Your ultimate goal: Write celebrations of God!
Like George Herbert said in the illustration above,
a secretary of God’s praise.