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A Writer's Notebook

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Photographer: Nicole Burton - Parvana Photography
Model: Rebecca Woody

A little thank-you treat :)

I know the past week and a half have been sparse on here and manic in my real life, so this little present is vastly overdue, but belated gifts sometimes make for the best surprises, right?

Many of you have reached out to support me in my new healing ministry endeavor, whether by donating funds, reblogging my fundraiser posts, or offering prayers, well-wishes, or simply positive thoughts, and much as I’d like to give each of you a plump goody-bag bursting with thank-you treats, I’m currently clinging to my last $50 and watching the week creep (far too slowly!) toward Friday. :P So I got this crazy idea that what you all might really like, even more than very good coffee and jars of cookie butter, is another bit of When the Moon…………

What follows is the second scene from the still-in-progress Ch 12 (the preceding scene is here, if you haven’t seen it yet or want to reread it for some context before starting this one). You’ve seen a couple of tiny tidbits from this sequence already, but the bits in-between just may contain spoilery stuff. ;) Consider yourselves (affectionately) warned.

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(St. Michael’s Church, Hamburg)

Michael fought the heav’nly battle,
Godly angels by his side;
Warred against the ancient serpent,
Foiled the beast, so full of pride…

~ Peter Prange, “Christ, the Lord of Hosts, Unshaken”

“ O Everlasting God, who hast ordained and constituted the ministries of angels and men in a wonderful order: Mercifully grant that, as Thy holy angels always serve and worship Thee in heaven, so by Thy appointment they may help and defend us on earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. ”

—    The Book of Common Prayer, Traditional Collect for the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels (September 29)

In response to recent review on When The Moon: It amazes me how much someone thinks they can know about a person from their Tumblr account. I don't know you personally, I have just fallen in love with your writing. It astounds me that anyone could possibly feel the need to share such a strong opinion on someone they don't know, particularly when that person is going through a difficult time, as 'Guest' will know having been on your Tumblr. Please don't take it to heart, you have our support x

Asked by Anonymous

porchwood:

Friend, I will respond to this in detail later this evening. When I began a response on my laptop and tried to save it as a draft, it deleted the message entirely and I was only just able to retrieve your ask via Tumblr on my phone. (Forces have been conspiring of late. It’s a long story. :/)

I love you and thank you a thousand times over for this.<3 <3 <3

More to come…

(Sorry for the self-reblog)

Thank you dearly, friend, for this much-needed show of support. <3 After the initial gut-wrench of shock and horror that anyone could feel the need to publicly spout that kind of venom at another person - let alone one who is recovering (physically, emotionally, and financially) from a hysterectomy and trying with all her might to pursue a vocation dedicated to comforting and healing others - I was able to step back and recognize the post as outright libel. Whoever wrote that hateful “review” (which I have since deleted) either knew nothing about me or, more likely, picked up a handful of personal tidbits from my blog and twisted them beyond recognition into a cruel attack against my blog, my stories, my friendships, my vocational plans; indeed, my very being. This person claimed to be “a fellow Christian,” but if that were indeed the case, they should have approached me privately and respectfully with their concerns (Matthew 18:15-17) rather than posting a lengthy attack on me in a public forum. :/

The beauty in this - once I was able to step back and catch a breath - was that their spiteful post was bookended by the overwhelmingly kind remarks of a dozen others, yourself foremost among them. <3 You are an angel, friend; that I truly believe, and I thank God for putting you in my path when I was facing some very fierce opposition (Ephesians 6:12). If I ever questioned that writing and healing was God’s plan for my life, the degree of resistance I’ve encountered in the past two weeks has confirmed it beyond all doubt.

All that madness aside, my heart melted in response to your statement, “I don’t know you personally, I have just fallen in love with your writing.” While I would dearly love to get to know you (and all the rest of you reading this!) and cordially invite you to let me know, here or on Facebook, if you’d like to cry friends and get better acquainted :D (really!) - I can’t help but wonder whether what you said is, in fact, the greatest honor a writer can hope for. There is only one of me in this world and I’m a wholly finite little mortal, but my words can travel much farther than my physical body ever could - and really, that’s the other half of my mission: to touch hurting people - lonely, angry, heartbroken, grieving people that I could never reach physically - with the gentleness and love that I strive to weave into each and every one of my stories. <3

Thank you for reminding me at a difficult and very critical moment that “Guest“‘s opinions are not the prevailing ones and that there are many folks out there who both love my writing and support me as an individual. Countless blessings to you on this Michaelmas night, dear heart. <3

In response to recent review on When The Moon: It amazes me how much someone thinks they can know about a person from their Tumblr account. I don't know you personally, I have just fallen in love with your writing. It astounds me that anyone could possibly feel the need to share such a strong opinion on someone they don't know, particularly when that person is going through a difficult time, as 'Guest' will know having been on your Tumblr. Please don't take it to heart, you have our support x

Asked by Anonymous

Friend, I will respond to this in detail later this evening. When I began a response on my laptop and tried to save it as a draft, it deleted the message entirely and I was only just able to retrieve your ask via Tumblr on my phone. (Forces have been conspiring of late. It’s a long story. :/)

I love you and thank you a thousand times over for this.<3 <3 <3

More to come…

…to those who love God. :)
~ Romans 8:28

(Source: spiritualinspiration, via spiritualinspiration)

GoFundMe: Click to Contribute to My Healing Ministry Career Fund!   .

Oh my goodness, WE MADE IT! Or rather: YOU made it; you wonderful, generous souls who chipped in to make that crazy sum appear. :D I’m still (more than a little) stunned that this happened, let alone in just over ONE WEEK, and I will definitely keep you all apprised as to how your funds and prayers are helping to make this madcap little dream a reality!

In the meantime, I’m going to keep this goal open for a little while longer. I had originally intended to mention it in my Fanfiction.net profile but we hit the goal sum before I could do so! Over the past couple of months, a handful of my readers have expressed interest in offering financial support and even suggested doing an online fundraiser like this, so I’d like them to hear about this project before it’s done and gone. I’m not planning to increase the goal (which we’re blessedly above already!), but I’m also not quite in a position to say “no thanks” to support of any kind. Whatever I receive above and beyond the $850 needed at enrollment will help with other school expenses and maybe even cut into the amount of loans I have to take out, which would be a particularly helpful blessing after I finish my course of study and am looking to get started on that magical Christian practice!

Blessings to you all, dear friends, and thank you once again! 

Love,
Elisabeth

P.S. DO stay tuned for updates on my program and progress! I haven’t decided whether that’ll happen primarily on Tumblr or Facebook, so if you’re interested in following the journey, let me know and I’ll direct you to the right place!