A hard time to write

For the past week, many writers have expressed their feelings about the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.  For some, moments of deep emotion burst out of you in rhyme or prose. Some shared their writing on Facebook, tweeted on Twitter, photoshopped it for Instagram or made a video for YouTube or TikTok. Many of you, no doubt, wrote something in the Book of Condolence on royal.uk. Some of you wrote a blog. 

It seems to me like everybody is writing something. But I find it hard to write. If my blog were not the day after the Queen's funeral, I might have avoided writing about it altogether.

I wonder why, when others find it a time to write, I find it a hard time to write?

Perhaps some of us don't feel that we have the eloquence or the talent to do such a grand moment justice. So for fear of failure, we stay silent. 

For some, writing is therapy, a way to work through deep emotions. However, not everyone is ready to confront such potential pain with a barrage of words. So for fear of being overwhelmed, we stay silent. 

For some, we don't feel as much as everyone else seems to be feeling, like those prepared to queue for eleven hours for a brief moment of honouring the queen as she lies in state. So for fear of being trite, we stay silent. 

Some of us prefer to keep our words and thoughts to ourselves. Like precious pearls, there's a time to put them on display and a time to treasure them within your own heart. So we stay silent. 

Am I really afraid to write about our late Queen? Or is it ok to allow this moment to pass me by and let others with more eloquence speak? Perhaps for some of us, it's a time to read and allow other people's words express our own feelings and emotion. 

Today I overcame my fear and I wrote about the Queen. I went to the book of condolence and I gave my contribution. I know my trite words don't do such a moment justice. I know others with more talent have expressed themselves with far more beauty and reverence. I know others feel more deeply about her passing then I do and I know that writing about her reminds me of all the other people I've lost over the years. 

Yet I'm glad I wrote something. Even when it's a hard time to write. 

Joanne Gilchrist is mother of 3 and runs the charity, Ruach Resources, which is the home of God for Kids app and the Animals of Eden Valley series (a series of almost 4).

She also wrote the autobiographical "Looking for Love", "Next Steps to Following Jesus" for children and freelances for the SunScool app. 

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