Writing Is Comfort

Writing can be a comfort to me.

And I hope I write words that console others. If I’m careful and think before I open my mouth, sometimes I can speak helpful words as well.

Writing to God

I’ll write a letter to God and tell Him everything. What I’m thinking, my worries, the things for which I’m grateful. All penned onto paper by my right hand.

And I don’t have to worry if I’m expressing myself properly. He already knows what I’m thinking. And what I mean when I’m not able to write it clearly.

That frees, and lifts, my spirit.

God writing to me

But I’m truly comforted when God writes back to me.

One day, someone suggested I put the pencil in my left hand and write a letter from God back to me.

I was incredulous, but intrigued. I tried it.

I couldn’t believe the wondrous words that flowed on the page. Words I would not have ordinarily thought.

Before you smirk, I’m fully aware the world would call it a “stream of consciousness” exercise.

But it felt like God was writing the words into my spirit. Comforting, assuring, supportive, loving.

He communicates with me in many ways. Nature, words from others, the Bible, and letters written on paper by my unskilled hand.

He writes in the sky and forest and sea.

And one other place.

The wondrous, comforting words from the Master’s hand always write on the heart.

How is writing a comfort to you? Please share in the comments.

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Joni Vance is an award-winning author of fiction, essay, and poetry. She loves mystery, history, and how God reveals Himself every day.


May God reveal the mystery of His love in your life story.

6 thoughts on “Writing Is Comfort

  1. You make me really want to try that… letting God write to me thing. I’m just afraid to take that step for fear the page would be blank… Ha Ha.

    I like the experience you had with it though.

    When I get up my nerve, I’ll try it.:)

    • I promise the page won’t be blank. ha Even if it is, God already talks to us all the time, so if the exercise doesn’t work for you, it just means He’s speaking to you in the way that’s best for you!

  2. I write thank you notes to God in the form of a gratitude journal. It helps me notice the little things in life, such as a stranger’s smile or a pretty leaf on a tree. These small things really add up to expand my gratitude, comfort, and satisfaction in life.. Knowing I’m going to write encourages me to be on the look out for “the good stuff” all day.

  3. Thank you Joni. I am most comforted when my writing aligns with what God is calling me to do.

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