From one of our authors

A while ago a woman wrote to thank me because something I'd written had touched her at a time of crisis. There had been healing.

She said, "Since we've now 'shared' a healing experience, I feel that we're friends. I trust that's not presumptuous."

Of course I wrote to say nothing could be more fitting, and how grateful I was that the writing had been useful.

Later I thought more about that concept—that writing makes friends. Certainly all the praying and writing from experience, the revising and praying more and rewriting and finally watching a manuscript come together and appear in print, isn't done just for oneself. It must be a part of what the author of I John is talking about when he says (4:7), "Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God."

Small wonder, then, that there is healing.

Stop criticizing!
August 10, 1987

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