We've received a number of responses to our July 14 blog post, Writing yourself to the other side of pain.
Last Thursday you read Catherine P. Downing's response, and today you'll read Barbara Thomas's response:
As I read your latest blog, I thought, "How did Linda know that I cried many times when I drafted Through the Outhouse Floor?" Writing it was reliving it and the final book told only about ten percent of the pain. But you are right, writing does lance the festering wounds. And in retrospect, one can begin to perceive that the Lord is working out his plans.
Perhaps you also have shed tears and relived pain in the way Barbara has. I hope you've also experienced healing and insights into God working on your behalf.
Many thanks to both Catherine and Barbara for enriching and encouraging our own memoir writing.
Write your story as a prayer to God
and He can use the process of writing
to help you make sense of events
that knocked the air out of you,
left you broken,
maybe even paralyzed,
and to work through your grief.
Writing yourself to the other side of pain
What is the point of writing about the hardships of life?