Hearing Voices

I was watching a TV drama years ago about the murder of an up-and-coming young writer. The person who killed her wanted to steal her writing and make it his own. The murderer thought that the young writer had two things he did not have — a voice and a future. What the misguided murderer did not know was that everyone has a voice and the voice of another coming out of yours will sound out of tune and will ring inauthentic.

Our voice is our inimitable personal language — how we express ourselves, be it through the arts or other countless ways of sharing our life experiences. Each voice tells a unique story. By giving voice to our experiences we invite others to catch a glimpse of our struggles, our dreams, our faith — our story.

Faith is what makes the difference in a Christian’s story and in the way the voice is expressed. Each story involves God as the protagonist, who oftentimes is foreshadowed throughout our lives until He is revealed to us as the director and producer of our life story. His presence and creativity brings the turning point that gives meaning to our storyline. It is that pivotal encounter that is expressed through our voices in varied forms and makes the stories worth telling and those precious sounds worth hearing — leaving lingering echoes in our souls.

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4 thoughts on “Hearing Voices

  1. That has to be one of the finest descriptions of what it means to be a Christian and a writer–that is, of course, if one writes in harmony with that faith. (Some do write out of harmony with their faith, but I know I would find that a very unhealthy thing to do, myself.) In the end, it is my hope that it all–the blog and my fiction works both–points back to God. Thank you very much for these inspiring words!

  2. Krista Marie Walthall says:

    “What the misguided murderer did not know was that everyone has a voice and the voice of another coming out of yours will sound out of tune and will ring inauthentic.”

    I love this! It so vividly captures what is true about authenticity but sometimes hard to articulate.

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