God is in your typewriter was born out of my search for where I belonged. I had blogged previously both in the secular context before my conversion and on faith based platforms afterwards. This time I knew it had to be on my own terms. Honest, straightforward and sometimes painful. Sharing my journey without hiding who I was anymore.
For those of you who have followed my journey thoughout the years, you have seen my evolution from the very secular, pre-conversion, sarcastic and lost (maryfpoppins, yes you know what the f stands for) to finding Christ as a Jewish girl (workforthecausenottheapplause) to my newly found Catholic faith (theressomethingaboutmary) to now. I decided in 2013 after becoming a Christian to believe God, and all of His promises.
The title of my blog is taken from a story relayed by Pulitzer Prize winning and American- born poet Anne Sexton, whose struggles with madness and making her way towards God tragically intertwined.
“Her eighth collection of poetry is entitled The Awful Rowing Toward God. The title came from her meeting with a Roman Catholic priest who, although unwilling to administer last rites told her “God is in your typewriter.” (See the Wikipedia article on her life here.) This gave the poet the desire and willpower to continue living and writing. It is said that the priest’s words allowed her to live at least a year beyond her time and was the basis for The Awful Rowing Toward God. It was the search for the God in her typewriter that kept her going. (See Anne Sexton, Telling the Tale by Steven E. Colburn).
I encourage you too to search for God in the places where He has called you, in the typewriters that exist in our lives. These devices do not work unless we push down on the keys.
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