Dear Writer, We Commission You


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May your words and your life bring Light
May you carry the torches of Love and justice and goodness and Hope
May your words stir up, wake up, shake up, lift up
May your sentences be balm for wounded souls
May it be balm for your own soul.

Where there is cynicism, may you plant hope
Where there is fatigue, may you offer rest
Where there is confusion, may you bring clarity
Where there is apathy, may you pierce the fog.

May you tell stories
May you name injustices
May you bring worlds close
May you stand boldly.

Even when your feet tremble and your heart is raw and your hands shake, may you stand in the words you have been called to.

May you write
And write
And write.

May you never be silent on the things that matter
May you never speak when others can speak for themselves
May you listen more

May you honor the voice within you
May you catch the ideas that shape and stir inside you
May you honor the responsibility that comes with your gift.

May your words reach into destinies
May you learn from histories
May you trust the Great Author who writes in you.

May the words of your mouth and the meditation of your heart, always and ever be beautiful, holy and acceptable in God’s sight.


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Lovelys, the idea for this commissioning started out of a deep hunger to have stronger words. In January, I helped lead a weekend gathering of writers on Robben Island in South Africa. On that Sunday, we gathered in a circle to pray together and it suddenly felt like a commissioning. We were sending these brilliant minds and beautiful hearts and wrestling activists out into the world to go do their most beautiful work. I lifted up a prayer, but it lacked that POW factor. I know the Holy Spirit can do anything with our words, but standing in that circle, I knew I wanted to write a commissioning prayer. So, I came home and did.

I share this commissioning here today, because many women in our community have moved on or are moving on into new spaces. Their lives are calling them out. They are stepping into exciting new adventures—a cafe for Sarah and her sisters, an MBA for Bethany, a new city for Tina, a new career for Claire DeBoer, a business for Michaela, books for Anne-Marie. Fear would say, We are losing our women. Love says, We are releasing our women to the world. We are sending out LOVE and goodness and strength. I am not afraid. I love these women and we are connected. The Kingdom of God is expansive and abundant, isn’t it? New women are called to rise. New women are called to stand in this space. We call women into the circle. We release women to the world. Together, we make this world stronger and more beautiful.

You may not identify as a writer, but if you are standing on the edge of a new season, I pray this will also speak to your heart.


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