Happy Holidays to all, and to my friends of the Christian persuasion, Merry Christmas! I hope everyone has a wonderful, peace-filled, and joyful day today.
For me, Christmas is always a time of reflection: on my faith, on my life, and on the person I am and am becoming. For me, this year, I made some major, major strides towards establishing myself as a writer. And as I sit to write this post, I realize why that means so much to me: the answer is in my faith.
I’m Catholic, and we Catholics have a beautiful prayer called the Angelus, normally said at noon daily. It is a reminder and a celebration of the Annunciation, the moment when “The Word become flesh, and dwelt among us.” I’m starting to realize that I see a connection between Christ’s identity as “The Word of God” and the words I write on a daily basis. One way I try to live in imitation of the Word is by creating lesser words.
Now, everyone writes for themselves and for other, individual reasons. In my case, while I don’t write Christian fiction, I do strive to write fiction that paints the Christian virtues and–I hope–inspires contemplation about such topics. I write stories that involve sacrifice, humility, forgiveness and compassion, hopeful perseverance, and fortitude in the face of great opposition. I try to write about characters who inspire ME to develop these qualities in my own person, because I can promise, I’m sorely lacking in all of them in one way or another. I try to write stories that enforce upon me that, while the right thing isn’t always easy, I can’t use that as an excuse NOT to do it.
You see, I find it easy to make excuses for myself, and especially for my inactivity/passivity in the face of the evil and suffering in the world. With my fiction, I don’t have that luxury where my characters are concerned. And when I write about characters who act selflessly and see how I admire them, and I judge the ones who follow my example of complacency, it gets me off my butt and volunteering. It gets me to do something in my small way to make a positive difference and bring Christ to the heart of someone else.
So, that’s why I write. That’s what my writing means to me, and a piece of what Christmas means to me. Again, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all! Stay safe, relax, and know peace today!