Beloved: I am writing you, although I hope to visit you soon.
—1 TIMOTHY 3:14
Many of us no longer write letters. But once, if you were
away, you had to sit down and write a letter in your own
hand. “A letter written in absorbed silence,” says essayist
Vivian Gornick, “is an act of faith.” It requires faith, she says,
because you must be alone with your thoughts in the
conjured presence of another person. The other person is not
there, and yet letters are so intimate that Johann Wolfgang
von Goethe called them “the most beautiful, the most
immediate breath of life.” This makes writing letters sound a
little like praying. For to pray, we must also be alone in the
intimate but invisible company of someone else. Maybe we
struggle to pray in part because we’ve lost that solitary habit
of sharing our thoughts, even when a response might be a
long time coming.
1 Timothy 3:14–16
Daily Inspirations are excerpted from 2017: A Book of Grace-Filled Days by Amy Andrews ©2016 Loyola Press. All Rights Reserved.
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