November 2, 2016: I WRITE

~by Louis Templeman


I write. I write regularly. Sometimes, I write well, with style and color. I embrace the work of writing as a gift from God. With this work I want to honor God and all that is holy. I want to bless, help, encourage and entertain people with my perspective, my understanding and faith, experiences and humor. In prayer today I was praying through the office – liturgical prayers of repentance, praise of God’s eternality and my confrontation with my ephemeral transitory self. I recalled as praying how I would often give my little girls crayons and paper to keep them busy and entertained while I did my chores around the house. I found a parallel in God’s giving me a pen, my paper just to keep me busy, quiet and encouraged that I have also important work to do. Then I thought, are these words destined for the temporary display of praise, as I once praised my girls and complimented their work and made room for them on my refrigerator door. And so, it occurs to me this that I who come from dust and will return to dust offer to his glory, my life and my work. My faith gifts as notable and substantial as a child’s hurried scrawl in crayon. And, I am comforted to know that even though my flesh, my thoughts and my work may be light as dust in the air, God’s love for me and his hold on me is not. My work may keep me busy but his love and his purpose and the integrity of his promise give my being the weight of eternity and the brilliance of the shining of his love reflected on living waters.

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Louis writes from Jacksonville, Florida where he lives with his old friend and wonderful bride, Joy. They transformed their friendship into the sacrament of marriage on August 30, 2012. They share their home with two self-absorbed, playful, twin cats (Flo and Jet) and one very allusive and arrogant cat named D. Louis has recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s and is fighting the good fight. Much of what he writes these days he is sharing his journey with us. Please keep Louis and his wife Joy in your prayers.

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