Writing our way into the mystery

Spiritual memoir entails moving forward by writing what we don’t know-writing our way into the mystery. “I haven’t a clue as to how my story will end,” Nancy Willard writes. “But that’s all right. When you set out on a journey and night covers the road, you don’t conclude that the road has vanished. And how else could we discover the stars?

Consider a simple memory that haunts you. Make two lists: what you know and what you don’t know about the memory. What items from each list interest you most? Write a short paragraph reflecting on the two items.

from “Writing the Sacred Journey: The Art and Practice of Spiritual Memoir” by Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew, Skinner House