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December 2014

posted Dec 7, 2014, 7:47 PM by Western Wis Christian Writers Guild   [ updated Dec 7, 2014, 7:56 PM ]

This month's newsletter, written by Melissa Wiltrout:

Merry Christmas, everyone! Have you done your Christmas shopping yet? Decorating? Gift wrapping? How about preparing a piece for critique group?

The demands of the Christmas season can feel overwhelming. To counter them, I like to reflect on the story of Mary and Joseph. They, too, must have felt overwhelmed. Their journey to Bethlehem was dangerous. The timing was terrible. They had nothing to look forward to but the shame of a Roman census. Even the anticipation of Jesus’ birth must have been shadowed by weariness and the stark reality of their overnight accommodations.

Yet, in the midst of the weariness and pain, Jesus was born. Emmanuel. God in human flesh, come down to meet them at their level. His message? I’ve come to take care of everything. Just be still. Trust Me.

We need that message, especially this time of year. If we allow it, Christ will come to us, quietly, powerfully, just as He did for those simple peasants two thousand years ago.

Writing Prompt: What is it that stands out to you most about Christmas?  Write a poem or short piece that allows a reader to see, hear, smell, taste, and feel Christmas through your eyes and your emotions.

COMING UP: December 9, 2014 - We will celebrate Christmas with a special holiday presentation from sisters Holly Hermann and Robin Michelsen titled "Christmas Traditions, Customs and Legends."  Do you know the legend of the Christmas Rose?  What about Joseph and the cherry tree?  Enjoy an evening of discovery and song as the sisters share a presentation that has been in their family for years.  The program begins at 7:00 p.m. in room 305 at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Eau Claire.

If you want to receive feedback on your work, come early (5:30 p.m.) to meet with others. Bring 6-8 copies of your short piece (300 words or so) for the group to read along as you share. You could bring what you have written in response to the prompt above, or something else you’re working on. It can be a portion of a book chapter, or a short article too.

See you at the December meeting!