One of the surprises I’ve experienced releasing three novels and writing a weekly blog for the past eight years has been the reactions of readers. Various individuals have blessed me with their appreciation of and their personal reactions to the messages I post. I never know how often the post gets read, but I believe whoever needs to hear what I’ve written will. This week was no exception.
I had accepted an invitation as guest blogger for a writing friend who needed to fly to Wales to be present for the birth of her first grandchild. I wholeheartedly agreed to fill in. I chose a post I’d used before because I felt confident most of her readers would not have read my work before.
The post originally ran as Resolve to be Renewed in 2011 http://authorpatricialee.net/resolve-to-be-renewed/ and also appeared on the Faith Happenings site, To Shine Like Silver, after that. This piece received many comments from readers, but I believed it merited another read.
I told of the discovery many years before of the leftover silverware my mother once owned and was dismayed at how tarnished it had become. After a vigorous attempt to restore the shine, I had a new set of silverware. I compared the transformation to the one Jesus performs when He rescues us from sin and washes us clean with his sacrifice of blood. http://www.lthompsonbooks.com/blog/silver/
A few days after the post I received a note from the host author telling me of a comment she received from a reader in France. Parts of it are here:
“Am in awe reading such wonderful illustration and so profound.. . Heartily sharing this, and thanking you so much in advance. . . I cherish the moment to shine like silver and trust a new turn.”
I was humbled by this reader’s words, as touched by his response as he was by my post. The Bible says in Isaiah 55:11 that God’s word, that goes out from His mouth, shall not return to Him void. “But it shall accomplish what I please and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”
I had chosen to share God’s words in a parable and He used those words to touch a man’s heart in another country. I am the one, indeed, most blessed.
A great, big thank you to all my readers. You are what make this journey worthwhile.