Word Becoming Flesh in the Life of a Writer

 “The Word became flesh, and made his dwelling among us….” John 1:14. (NIV)

Mary, the mother of Jesus, was called to carry the Word Made Flesh. Saying “yes” to that plan involved a huge surrender on Mary’s part. Obedience brought her under scrutiny and censure, not only in the public eye, but also–initially–with Joseph, whose opinion she must have valued.

“Don’t be afraid,” the angel told her, which was saying, in essence, “You are about to be shunned and ostracized in your hometown because you are going to get pregnant with God’s son and although you have never been touched by any man, nobody is going to believe your story and they are going to whisper and point at you when you walk by and call you harlot and whore and turn their backs when you enter a room.”

Sometimes the hardest part of being a Word carrier is believing the truth of The Word and not the words others speak over us.

Yes, as followers of Christ, we too, are Word carriers. Through our lives, we demonstrate Christ to those around us.

In the book Seven Sacred Pauses by Macrina Wiederkehr, she reflects on this time in Mary’s life and asks, “What kind of surrender is happening in you? Do you ever experience being called by a Word larger than your understanding? What is the newest Word that has become flesh in you, dwelling deep in the recesses of your being?”

As a writer, I can think of three words or phrases becoming flesh in me. 

  1. Trust is a word larger than my understanding. God is in charge, I am not. Oh, how hard this is for me to remember! I get caught up in book sales and deadlines. I get caught up in numbers! Not words. Numbers! God does not ask for the numbers to get larger in me, but His words. His life-changing words. Trust needs to expand in me.
  2. Fear not are words larger than my understanding. My college writing professor always told me that the job of the writer is to write what people cannot say or are afraid to say. “To write is to take an ax to the frozen sea within us,” Frank Kafka once said and I need those words to become larger in me. Fear not.
  3. Live real words is a phrase being made flesh in me. Not just written words. Not just paragraphs in my safe little office. A writer does not create sentences in a vacuum. Writing does require solitude and space, but words don’t leap onto the page out of nowhere. Life-changing words find their way on paper after living out the Word made flesh among His living, breathing creation. Live real words are words still being made flesh in me.

Today, on your journey of faith as a writer, I pray you say yes to the surrendering, not as a defeatist, but as one who walks one more step into life larger than your understanding, as the Word is made flesh in you. 

Against the backdrop of the Sonoran Desert, Lynne Hartke writes stories of courage, beauty and belonging–belonging to family, to community and to a loving God. Her book, Under a Desert Sky, was released in May 2017 with Revell/Baker Publishing. She blogs at www.lynnehartke.com. You can find Lynne on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.


4 Replies to “Word Becoming Flesh in the Life of a Writer”

  1. Powerful post, Lynne. Wow, did you hit a note with me. The Lord has been using health issues to take me deeper in trust, trust, trust and surrender, surrender, surrender, for the last 14 months. Hernia repair surgery, DCIS breast cancer diagnosis, two lumpectomies, seven weeks of radiation…followed with nerve damage (side effect of radiation) that has caused jaw/palate pain.

    While the prognosis is good by all accounts, the process has instilled a bolder approach to writing (and life), especially as I edit and polish my novel. I have lots of catching up to do as I’m also getting back to blogging and building a new web site, but please know your words have served as confirmation and encouragement to stay the course. Thank you for sharing!

    P.S. Little did I know you are a breast cancer survivor as well. Will be getting your book. 🙂

    1. Hi Micky. I was just going to comment that I am a breast cancer survivor! Prayers today as you continue to walk out your journey and embrace a full life after cancer!! Sounds like you have great goals ahead.

  2. Wow! I love what you wrote. I too struggle with fear, fear of wondering if my writing is good enough, fear of what others think of me, but I so appreciate your words. Thank you.


    On Dec 13, 2017 11:03 PM, “WordServe Water Cooler” wrote:

    > lynnehartke posted: ” “The Word became flesh, and made his dwelling among > us….” John 1:14. (NIV) Mary, the mother of Jesus, was called to carry the > Word Made Flesh. Saying “yes” to that plan involved a huge surrender on > Mary’s part. Obedience brought her under scruti” >

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