My Fellow Pilgrims

Today is special.
(And I won’t ruin the moment by telling you how much I hate pumpkin pie. You’re welcome.)
Pumpkin pie aside, Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite times of the year. But this year, I realized something new.
We as writers are pilgrims too.

Pilgrim: a person who journeys to a sacred place for religious reasons.

What place more deeply sacred to us than the worlds that live and breathe in our hearts? What more religious reason than that we are children of the living God, and created in His image to create?

Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks. In our busy, often hectic writers’ ‘New World’ of deadlines, word limits, marketing, gazillionth drafts, and the drive to ‘be successful’, I think we sometimes forget to just stop, breathe, and be thankful.

When was the last time you were simply grateful for the exhausting, exhilarating gift God has blessed you with?

Take a break, just for a minute, from the grindstone, and give thanks for what you have in the here and now. Forget about reviews and blog stats for just a second. Forget about publishing houses and ISBN numbers. Forget about the ever-present drive to finish; to complete, and be thankful for the rare and beautiful gift you have right now.

It can be a heavy load, yes, and there are so many responsibilities with it, but not everyone is blessed with a load that can be this glorious to bear.

Give thanks for the joy it can bring you, and the love that bestowed it.

Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.
Psalm 106:1

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27 thoughts on “My Fellow Pilgrims

      1. WRONG.
        The well known song commonly associated with Christmas, “Jingle Bells,” was originally written as a Thanksgiving song. So cuing joyful bells for Thanksgiving fits perfectly. *nods decidedly* Go ahead and ring those bells, Emma- I shall join you. 😀

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  1. “Forget about the ever-present drive to finish; to complete, and be thankful for the rare and beautiful gift you have right now.

    It can be a heavy load, yes, and there are so many responsibilities with it, but not everyone is blessed with a load that can be this glorious to bear.”

    Thank you. I haven’t worked steadily on my main novel project since the semester started, and I miss it, but it gets very easy to look at it as a chore to finish.

    (And Emma — bells are definitely for Christmas and Easter, not Thanksgiving — and by Christmas I don’t mean that thing the stores start selling you on Black Friday.)

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    1. *cough* Excuse me. I thought that myself and KNEW it would be noticed but was in a hurry and couldn’t think of anything better. I be contrite, my dear people. *bows head most contritely* There’s nothing else to cue on Thanksgiving. So cue the happy grins. 😉
      (Sophia—MOST CERTAINLY NOT. No Santa Claus or anything else like that. Though the story of St. Nicholas is rather beautiful.)

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  2. I love this so much- thanks for the well worded reminder. All writers should have this sent to them… like once a week. XD Maybe every day for the ones doing NaNo. ;P

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