How do you describe something words don’t very easily? How do you paint a picture others may see through? How do you sing a song of lyrics others may discern?
Simply putting words on a page and pressing “Publish” – it should be simple – it should be easy – it should be fulfilling. And it is.
In my case it began very simply: “Write, Paul – write.”
This indwelling God, this Friend and constant Companion. A simple invitation. One which took me a full year to embrace!
Because writing to an invisible (and probably absent) audience is scary. Writing … what exactly? And how often? And words … how many words? And even then – will anyone read it – how will I know – and what happens if they do – just what happens if they comment …
“Write, Paul – write.”
So I did.
We sat and shared a daily reading of verses. Me and my God. And as we shared the moment – as we talked – as we giggled – as we watched each other at ease – as we shared the same space – because we are a team – we wrote.
And my God Soft Hands Jesus, GSHJ, just loves to show me things. Little details.
And I love to be shown little things. Huge God insights!
My GSHJ became “Batman” (complete with batmobile) and He did donuts in the batmobile! And on the odd occasion I was allowed to be Robin. But I never got to drive – I never got to be the boss. And then GSHJ gave me my own loom – one of those Victorian factory looms – clunking and clattering – a bunch of threads (of thoughts) into one end, and a simple word woven on a beautiful piece out of the other end. My God is a generous God, an abundant God, a loving God.
So just who was my audience as I wrote these moments into a post – as He sometimes dictated, always edited, and frequently asked me to press Delete (you get used to that)?
Just me – being curious. Just me – and GSHJ
This blogging and writing is a diary, a journal, a record, a map, a chart. And more than that – it became a kitchen table. A table shared by and with others. Others who were also journeying with the same Lord we love, we share, and we all know.
A living, indwelling, real God.
I was drawn to others. My GSHJ drew me to others. And a community evolved. A group of ordinary people with an extraordinary connection. People who had never met. People who never saw each other – who never spoke to each other (other than through a keyboard). Yet a community which was the best of church. The best of fellowship. The best of communion. The best of God.
Because we have just one thing in common: Our Living Lord.
Please note –
The chapters which follow are not that story. Not that community. The chapters which follow are just a bunch of words me and GSHJ wrote together. He asked me – “Could a book be written as a blog?” I had no idea. But we wrote those chapters. And a conversation – community – took place under each. That was in 2014.
Then today – in 2016 – someone asked where the name “God Soft Hands Jesus” had come from. They asked where did GSHJ originate?
And I went looking. I went looking through 824 posts He and I have written together (so far). It took some finding.
That phrase was birthed in the chapters of a book: God Soft Hands Jesus
Here is that book –
it is stored in Google Docs
and all you need to do
is click this link:
If you want the answer it is in Chapter Nine. But I hope you will linger. I hope you will retrace my steps with GSHJ and me. Maybe you will find your own God a little closer than you expected.
And a few suggestions …
At the end of each chapter is the link back to the blog page. Because the joy of community is the conversation below a “post” (technical term for one page of the “blog”). Please feel free to pause and click into the blog pages – share the conversation – explore the blogs of those leaving comments – maybe even leave your own comment.
This book is a blog. And these chapters of this blog are a book. The two are the same but different.
These chapters, these posts, this book – they are “community” – and this “community” is a response to a question by someone I love as a brother.
Roland Ledoux: http://forgodslove52.wordpress.com/ asked me where the name GSHJ came from – and I thought you might like to know as well.
“God Soft Hands Jesus”
and all you need to do
is click this link: