Tuesday, April 1, 2008

On Writing: in the beginning

In the beginning, there was a list of names. We were introduced to Elimelech, Naomi, Mahlon and Kilion. And in the end, there was a list of names. We learned the connection to Boaz, Obed, Jesse, and King David.

Ruth is an amazing biblical romance that rises above a love story to proclaim a truth: God can turn impossible situations to good for those who love him.

Last week, we discussed the angel principle which is the purpose of your written piece. You should be able to write that purpose in one sentence and that “angel,” or point, will control your writing.

In looking at how Ruth began, we quickly understand that this is a book about people. We meet a family in the early paragraphs which is beset by troubles – from famine to loss of loved ones. Naomi is angry with God and defeated by life.

In the end, we see how God took that impossible circumstance and produced the son who would head the kingly line of David.

Every scene in the book of Ruth further reveals either an impossible situation or the way out. The first readers of this story would know that King David had God’s hand on his family’s situation. Today, we carry this forward to know that Jesus, as a descendent of David, also had God’s hand on his family’s situation.

Biblical texts are brilliantly written, an excellent way not only to uncover God’s nature and plan for his people, but to see how to communicate ideas richly and clearly.

Be sure that your beginning and your ending are focused on your “angel” and watch how your writing will ripple with new richness.

Next week, we’ll explore more about how the craft of the writing reveals the purpose.

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