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I was recently blessed by a prayer-a-phrase of The Lord's Prayer by Mary Harwell Sayler in her Christian Writer's Guide

Part of the prayer reads, “as though written in Heaven.”

Will there be writing in Heaven? Will we be writers in Heaven? I will tell you how I actually began thinking about this. I have some ideas for books that I may not have time to write. I have already lived longer than doctors thought I would. I certainly hope God will allow me to write them here. That is my prayer. But I have wondered if I might write some of them in the presence of God.

I believe the dictum in 1 Corinthians 13, “Prophecy will pass away,” must apply here. If there is anything like writing in heaven everything about it will be different. Surely my perspective will be radically transformed. And God's purpose for me may be completely different. But I also believe creativity, stories, and truth all relate to the image of God re-created in us. And Revelation 20:6 tells us that those who share in the first resurrection will be priests of God and of the Lamb. Could part of the duties of a priest be writing stories that touch the lives of those who hear or read them?

Of course, this is foolish thinking. My focus, and energy needs to be on what God wants me to do now. I need to be filling the unforgiving minutes of my life on this Earth by writing what God wants me to write now. But there is also an inkling of hope for what God may have for me beyond.





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