As a writer, my vision is to emulate that which hymn writers have done for centuries.
One such hymn writer was John Newton, born in 1725, who would write “Amazing Grace” and other hymns. He converted to Christianity while working on a slave ship. His hope as a Christian was to “restrain the worst excesses of the slave trade, “promoting the life of God in the soul” of both his crew and his African cargo.” (Christianity Today)
I consider hymns to be gems of great value to the Christian faith, that have been relegated to the shadows, and although irreplaceable, essays have the ability to fill the void left to a generation unfamiliar with them. My writing, on several occasions, will include verses penned by those hymn writers.
Both essays and hymns can convey the theological truth inherent to “Logos”, the Greek name (based on John 1:1) ascribed to Jesus as the Son of and one with the Father, who is uncreated and eternally coexistent.
On a global scale, both hymn and essay convey this liberating truth through the sharing of personal experiences and theological insights, that can resolve conflict within one’s soul and strengthen their faith.
My aspiration as a writer, incorporates this vision and the words of a German-Dutch spiritual writer named Thomas à Kempis (1379-1471), who said:
“If you will receive profit [benefit], read [write] with humility, simplicity, and faith, and seek not at any time the fame of being learned [read].”
I dedicate this blog to my children, with the hope that through my writings, they may know my heart and follow my steps on the path to eternal life with a God that loves them more than I ever could.