The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Harvest your journal

Reread your words to reap spiritual benefits

Would you till a garden, plant seeds, weed diligently, water and fertilize faithfully — and then forget to harvest the fruits of your work?

Of course not. But many people who keep journals of their thoughts, prayers and events in their lives miss out on the joy and lessons that come from rereading, or harvesting, their journal.

More than a record of events, a journal can include thoughts, feelings, decision-making and problem-solving, even a list of fears, hopes and dreams. Rereading the account of these details, joys, confusions, rewards and wounds of life can help journal-keepers realize how God is active in their lives.

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