I've been reading The Pastor by Eugene Peterson as an assignment from one of my clients. Mr. Peterson writes in a very conversational style about how he grew up, the people he has known, and the places he has lived, all of which contributed to his formation and continued growth as a pastor. In one chapter, he writes about how he became a writer, and his description of writing stood out to me. Here it is:
"Heuristic writing - writing to explore and discover what I didn't know. Writing as a way of entering into language and letting language enter me, words connecting with words an creating what had previously been inarticulate or unnoticed or hidden. Writing as a way of paying attention. Writing as an act of prayer."
I hope that I will continue to write as a way to engage with language, the world, and others. That writing will be a way for me to pay attention to the goings-on around me and to notice new things. Mostly, I hope that writing will be a method of drawing closer to God as I engage, pay attention, notice, and learn.