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- From the Editor’s Desk
- Bloom Where You Are Planted and Where You Are Transplanted
- The Change Game
- Ten Tender Weeks: The Countdown
- The Chap Who Lives in a Flat
- Conspiracy Theory
- The Closers
- He Knows
- Surprising Steps with a Friendly Wind
- If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It!
- Walking the Talk
- Message in a Bottle
- January 2013
Truly my soul finds rest in God;
my salvation comes from him.
Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.
(Psalm 62:1-2 NIV)
The world may not have come to an end in December last year, but there is definitely a whole lot of shaking going on. Foundations are being rattled and values are being lost in a swamp of political correctness. Natural disasters seem more disastrous with every passing year and, for many, economic uncertainty has turned life upside down.
Thankfully, our faith is not in the world, but in Jesus Christ. When the world is shaking, He is the rock beneath our feet. Our unshakable foundation.
Of course, this is also the time of year when we very specifically remember His death and resurrection. A time of both reflection and looking forward. A time of sadness and also great joy. A time of death and new life. A time of contrasts as we move from the cross of Good Friday to the empty tomb of Resurrection Sunday. What a blessing in these contrasts to see that for every sorrow there is the assurance that joy will come in the morning.
This issue of FaithWriters Magazine is also full of contrasts, with articles to uplift, encourage, inspire, challenge, and even make you smile.
We have two very special additions to this month’s magazine, coming straight from FaithWriters for Kids. It is an absolute delight to include stories from the winners of the New Beginning writing contest held for children at the end of last year. As an editor and publisher, I am always excited to see new talent being nurtured and encouraged in the next generation. So please take time to read A New Beginning by Brinner Wellington (the first place winner in the 7 to 10-year-old age group) and Ripping the Weeds by Koren Elise (the first place winner in the 11 to 14-year-old age group). Congratulations to both these budding young writers.
Linda Goergen and Jody Bailey Day have each penned powerful poems that highlight some of the shaking going on in the world today. Linda’s poem That Even in America… brings home the impact of the economic crisis happening all too often right on our very own doorstep. Linda’s challenge to all of us is to open our eyes and consider how we, as the church and individuals, can respond to this new mission field that is as close as next door.
Jody’s poem, The Death of Whatsoevers takes the concept of Paul’s “whatsoevers” found in Philippians 4:8, and makes it very clear just how hard it is to focus on all that is good and lovely and pure when confronted with the evening news each day. In a world of sensationalized headlines and instant information (often too much information), this is a daily battle for many of us.
From there, head on over to Colin Swann’s beautiful poem, Come Aside and Rest a While. I must admit, this poem has become a bit of a favorite of mine. In the midst of all our busyness and activity it can be hard to take time out to be refreshed and restored. This gentle poem is a beautiful reminder to stop and know that the world will continue to turn … even without our help.
Social media can be a blessing, but I think most of us also know how easily it can also become an addiction. Whether you Tweet, Facebook, Instagram, or Pin, I’m sure you will know how easy it is to lose time on those sites. I have definitely been guilty of wasting the odd hour or so flitting through Facebook or repining on Pinterest. I think that’s why Leah Nichols’ story, Pinteresting, was such a fun read. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.
Helen Curtis brings a very challenging word to us this month, with her article Candy-bar Christianity. Have we become believers looking for a quick “sugar” rush? What do you think? Your comments on Helen’s article are most welcome (as they are on all the articles in this month’s issue).
As well as all these great articles and poems, we have more wonderful stories by Loren T. Lowery and Vicki J. Cypcar, as well as a great devotional by Edmond Ng.
And to wrap everything up, don’t miss Only Passing By, a stirring Easter poem by longtime FaithWriters member, Melanie Kerr.
Wishing you and your loved ones every blessing for Easter, and of course, very happy reading with FaithWriters Magazine.
Editor, FaithWriters Magazine