Monday, April 7, 2014

When Words Puddle on Paper

by Cathy Baker

Words hold power.

I can testify to this truth after recently having led a Writing to Heal workshop at a retreat for mothers who've lost children of any age. 

Our goal during each session was simple: Take what's on the inside and put it on paper.

The handout provided a list of writing prompts, such as:

I am...
I wonder...
I hear...
I see...

The prompts were simple—filling it out was anything but for these moms. 

The grieving process differs for everyone. Yet, the commonality represented around the table was palpable as raw emotions puddled on the paper of those sharing their completed prompts. I sat in awe of these courageous women as I listened to their stories of unspeakable loss, and unshakeable faith. 

It was a privilege to witness how God used ordinary writing prompts to stir conversation and put 2 Corinthians 1:4 into action. Simple words and faith-filled sorrow mingled to become an act of worship that arose swiftly and sweetly before the Lord.

He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. 2 Cor. 1:4
Jan, thank you for inviting me to participate in this ministry. It's a day I won't soon forget. God bless you all. 
Also, a special thanks to Lisa from Lory's Place in St. Joseph, Michigan. She was incredibly generous with her time, expertise, and handouts. You were a Godsend, my friend!


Jamie Britt said...

Cathy, though I've never lost a child, I've had times where my words have puddled onto the paper. You've seen it in many emails, that's for sure. Thank you so much for this sweet reminder. Love you!

Cathy Baker said...

Oh Jamie! Thanks so much for taking the time to share. I always enjoy seeing your name in my inbox -- which reminds me -- I need to respond to your last email. :)

Love you too!

Vonda Skelton said...

I prayed for you and the event, Cathy, and am praising God for His anointing. Your sacrifice of time and love will be a difference-maker in these precious ladies' lives!

I'm so proud of you!

Cathy Baker said...

I felt your prayers, Vonda. Thank you so much!