Gathering Words at Burger King

Friday, October 28, 2022

Scripture Resource Passage: Ecclesiastes 12:12 A puzzling Scripture statement

If you were a writer, where would you choose to be while writing? If you were a mom and an author with small children, where would you choose to write? Maybe Burger King?

Ordering words, clarifying your meaning with punctuation is profoundly a writer’s task. Some people are excellent in the work–others, not so much. Helpful authors bring vision to spiritually clouded eyes. I was blind, but now I see.

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Excellent writing can also be hard won, as you live with your family. Add personal friendships to the mix, discover a few enemies for good measure and your thinking might begin resembling an activated and churning blender, flinging fruit chunks because you forgot to secure the top cover.

Recently, Nadya Williams explained: “Here I am, yet again, at a playground with the kids. This time the oppressive heat of the day has driven us inside, into an air-conditioned indoor playground that Burger King has recently constructed. I sit at a table, still suspiciously sticky in spots from the previous occupants’ sauce-laced lunch. I am writing about Augustine while keeping an eye on the kids happily climbing inside the tubular structure suspended several feet above the ground. Oddly, the experience feels like the perfect mix of high and low, honestior et humilior, noble and humble, balanced out at last. And as the kids happily run back and forth to grab a bite and return to their play, for these few minutes the chicken nuggets and fries flow as freely as my written words.”

Life Application Question: Where is the place (name it), that the clarity of precise thought comes to you in spite of chaos?

Life Outcome: Such a place could be in a most unlikely location and might even be at a less than clean table at your neighborhood BK.

Nadya Williams is professor of Ancient History at the University of West Georgia. The citation is from a recent article which appeared in the online version of Plough.

Thank you for reading. Comments and suggestions are always welcome.

Published by Andrew Simkins

Dr. Andrew Simkins provides spiritual direction for individuals and small groups through the regular blog posts found on this site. He resides in northwest Indiana with his beloved, along with nearby children and grandchildren who are the adornment of his life.

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