Wolf Creek Christian Writers Network

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    Reflection on 2019 by Vice President, Betty Slade

     

    WCCWN is a candle in the night.

     

    Reflecting on the year 2019 and the accomplishments achieved by the WCCWN writers’ group, we have had many.

     

    In February 2015, WCCWN, which consisted of twelve writers, lit a candle and set it on a lampstand to give light to all who were in the house. Many of us were wannabe writers. We didn’t want our light to be placed under a bushel basket but on a lampstand. We had something to say and wanted to be a light for others even in our raw stage as growing writers.

     

    We have evolved from a candle sitting on a lampstand in a corner of a house to a city that is set on a hill, which cannot be hidden. Our light has shined before men, and they have seen our good works and have glorified our Father in heaven.

     

    Looking back to one of the brightest highlights of 2019, we published an Anthology. In 2015, the idea and concept was born in the minds of twelve members. We contemplated a compiled book of stories and articles written by the group. The idea was quickly put on the back burner, the reason—not enough participants or content. Publishing would be too involved for this newly formed group, but it still burned brightly in our hearts.

     

    In January 2019, the idea of an anthology surfaced again. This time, several members of the group jumped on the project and worked diligently for nine months to see it published.

     

    September 12, 2019, Looking at Life, A collection of 46 Devotions, Poems, and Short Stories written by 25 members of the group was posted on Amazon and released for sale in paperback and E-book.

     

    This year, one of our members went home to be with the Lord. Her words were captured in a story in Looking at Life. Her words have been preserved for her friends and family for many years to come.

     

    Also, Looking at Life was featured as a display in the window at the Methodist Thrift Store on Lewis Street in Pagosa Springs.

     

    Another anthology by members of our group is in the making and will be released in 2020.

     

    Each week, in the Matter of Faith Column, the WCCWN is a visible light that shines into a dark community. To date, 500 faith articles have been published, and read in the SUN’s weekly newspaper, which has a circulation of 100,000 monthly readers.

     

    On October 24th, once again, our writers trimmed our wick and set our flame high. This time as members of a panel discussion, featured by the Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library. We came as courageous writers answering questions for those who wanted to write.

     

    Among our writers, we have published articles, non-fiction books, and fiction novels and novellas. One of our youngest members has been commissioned as a writer and editor to work for a company who produces film.

     

    Weekly, WCCWN has drawn attention in the social media. The Website and Facebook site is recognized by other national writers’ groups. Articles by our writers are posted and read throughout the social media world.

     

    In 2015, the WCCWN writers’ group lit a candle in the daylight. It blended in with the light of that day. We were in harmony with our culture. In five short years, the culture around us has changed. We have become a candle in the night.

     

    At the end of 2019, we see the sun going down and the day is becoming darker. The light of the candle in many ways is no longer in harmony with its surroundings.

     

    Did the light of our candle change? No. We still shine. But now our light stands in contrast to what is around us.

     

    I said to my Sweet Al, “I remember when it didn’t seem to be so dangerous being a Christian. Everything was grey, not too much light and not too much darkness. We couldn’t tell the difference between a Christian and a non-Christian. It was easy to be a candle in the day.

     

    It is not the candle that changed, but everything around us. We are shining in marked contrast to our surroundings. It is the candle in the night that will make a difference and change things. It’s hardest to shine the light in a dark world, but it is most crucial that we shine a light for those who cannot see. In the dark, the light is most needed. And that is when the light becomes its most powerful.

     

    We must be children of God, blameless and harmless, without fault in a crooked and perverse generation, among whom we shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that we may rejoice in the day of Christ that we didn’t run in vain or labor in vain. Phil 2:15,16.

     

    In 2020, we see our challenges before us as we move ahead. It is exciting times to shine our lights into the darkness. For every devotion we’ve written, every article we’ve written, book published, our group is up for the challenge. We are seasoned writers for this season.

      

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