I noticed a few weeks after COVID began, I started to desire to connect with the Lord in a way that would bring some type of spiritual reassurance. With everything going on in the world today, I’ve had this desire to press into the Lord’s presence in hopes of experiencing something strong and reassuring. Basically, I needed Him.
So I began to pray, read the scripture, and to search for that thing that I could take on, fulfill, or reflect on, and what I found was right in front of me. This is what was recently laid on my heart.
I want to start the spiritual practice of writing out the Gospels by hand. I don’t know if it’s just me or the period we live in when everything is typed or texted but there is something profoundly moving and deeply intimate to see something written by hand these days. Let’s be honest, sending a handwritten note is fading art, but when we receive a letter written by hand it is rich and deep and full of meaning. We know the author has taken the time and energy to sit down and pause to think through whatever is being shared.
And that is just what I want to do. I want to write out the Gospels to deepen my friendship with Christ and allow his words to minister to me pastorally.
You see, my desire to do this is not for spiritual piety nor to be perceived or to pretend to be a zealous spiritual person. It’s not even prove to God anything, but to slow down enough to think through every word, every letter, and allow his words to impact and nurture my jittery soul, which, if I am honest, is just as jittery as my penmanship.
I’ve done the math (actually I Googled it) and there are a total of 3,779 verses in all four Gospels. So, by writing out five verses a day, it would take me 756 days or just a little over two years, and I am okay with that. You see, this is one of those things where I am more interested in the journey than I am the final destination. It is the process I am excited about rather than the finished product—four handwritten Gospels. The reason why this gets me so excited is because it goes against the relentless quest for me to find the quick and easy path in life and slow down and listen to the whispers of the Lord through a handwritten word.
If you find this post speaking to your jittery soul and you think this is something you would like to do, I would like to invite you to me. I’ve purchased four different colors Moleskin Classic Notebooks.
If you would like to join me I will begin on Sept 1st. I don’t know what will happen but I do know it something powerful will come out of it!