Facing new obstacles, Pilgrim perseveres.
From a Slough of Despond to a Hill of Difficulty, from Vanity Fair to a Giant Despair, Pilgrim never knows what lies ahead on the path. Yet he keeps going, reasoning that regardless of interference from obstacles or enemies, the path he has entered through God’s call is the way to fulfillment. On the way, he becomes a strong encourager and contender for the faith, just by sharing the story of his journey.
Philippians 3:12–13a: “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it.” (NIV)
Whether our obstacles are literal barriers like currently impassable rivers and roadways, physical conditions, other people, or our own minds and habits, pressing on through faith is the key to finding resources, taking hold of promises, and deepening relationships.
Comfort, encouragement, supplies, shelter, information, and friendship are some of the ways that people receive help at key moments. Pilgrim receives physical, social, emotional, and spiritual help as he journeys.
We see the needs of our neighbors who are recovering from storm effects, and we respond as we can while rejoicing in the special aid many are providing. In what ways are you in need of help as you journey toward Write2Ignite 2018? #writingjourney #write2ignite2018 #w2iteens2018
||September 17, 2018—September 25, 2018
||Where can Pilgrim receive help on the journey?
Pilgrim seeks comfort, remembering those in danger.
Pilgrim Christian never forgets his family in danger. Although they didn’t accompany him on this journey, he prays for them and for others, both those who are persecuted for their faith (like Faithful) and those who stray from the narrow path.
Like Pilgrim, we continue to pray for NC and SC residents who have been removed from their homes or who face danger in them, while flooding continues. We pray for God’s comfort for those who have lost loved ones. Second Corinthians 1:3–4 says, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” (NIV)
No one loves waiting or feeling stuck during a trip or project. Christian has escaped the Slough of Despond. What will a stop at Write2Ignite Conference do for this traveler, who’s making stop-and-go progress on a journey?
||September 16, 2018—September 23, 2018
||#w2iteens2018: Pilgrim escapes the Slough of Despond
Giving thanks, resting for the journey ahead, and waiting for signs to move forward.
As rescue efforts continue for SC and NC coastal residents who anticipate a long journey of rebuilding after flood damage, many are in waiting mode. They know what must be done, but they can’t yet do it. Similarly, Pilgrim’s journey includes times when moving forward isn’t possible, and Pilgrim must wait for God’s intervention through change of circumstances. At other times, Pilgrim’s thinking needs to change: he’s stuck until he recognizes that God gave him tools he has forgotten to use.
A writing conference can help those whose creative projects have been in such a “hold” pattern. What circumstances need to change before you can make progress? What tools has God provided that you haven’t used or even recognized?
Join Pilgrim at Write2Ignite 2018 as we share and learn how to let God direct our writing journeys!
Pilgrim Enactor Approaches Write2Ignite Conference!
In John Bunyan’s classic tale, the pilgrim Christian journeys to faith through a world filled with dangers and distractions. Action and adventure meet him at every turn, with characters who help or hinder his progress.
Write2Ignite Conference participants will consider the pilgrim journey as we hear from keynote speakers and engage in workshops designed to nurture both our spiritual and writing journeys.
To set the stage for our exploration of these parallels, enactor Tyler Hendrick, variously playing either Bunyan or Christian (the pilgrim), will join the conference, interacting with presenters and attendees and sharing his thoughts on the journey.
Watch for updates on his step-by-step approach toward a gathering where all can learn how to share their stories.
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