Sun pops over the canyon wall, day’s first light. And I descend stony steps to the jade reflecting glass, unrippled.
The river drops off the edge of earth, like one of those infinity pools at fancy hotels. And I’m caught breathless at this — very mirror of Heaven, a reflecting glass of God.
For a moment, I come untethered from the shackles that chain me to Earth. And if I bend down to touch the mirror, maybe I can clutch a piece of Heaven right here?
I’ve come for a writers retreat. But I can only grope for the words to describe this. So I stammer and sputter and blush and trip over my words. And all the wrong ones tumble out. Are there even words for this?
Perhaps these …
If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.
I’m here at Laity Lodge in Texas for two more days, learning more about the craft and spirituality of writing with a group of people who love words … and the Word.
I’m due back at the lodge shortly, so I’ll let a few photos tell a piece of the story.
Bible Dude and Getting Down with Jesus. Bible Dude, aka Dan King, is High Calling’s social-media guru. (I’m here as part of the team of editors for The High Calling.)
Marcus Goodyear, senior editor.
Gordon Atkinson, the Real Live Preacher.
Ann Kroeker, my editor, who is also the author of Not-So Fast: Slow-Down Solutions for Frenzied Families.
David Rupert, Red Letter Believers.
Laura Boggess, The Wellspring.
Ashley Cleveland, a three-time Grammy and two-time Dove Award winner.
Ann Voskamp of Holy Experience, me and Deidra of Jumping Tandem. (Ann is author of the soon-to-be-released One Thousand Gifts.)
Words that could change the world, if we let them.