poetry – prose – plays – perplexities – purpose
Life is beautiful and difficult. Be authentic, practice empathy, have faith, and stay grateful.
Literary works by gratefulsue
Hi! My name is Sue. My pen name as well as my website is “gratefulsue” because that’s the kind of person I want to be overall, knowing that it’s normal to have ups and downs. My former website contained over 200 pieces of poetry and prose. Over time, I plan to add back many of my old favorites, as well as some new ones. Here, you will find the authentic me: rejoicing, complaining, questioning, and growing. It is my hope that on gratefulsue.com you will find solace, compassion, and encouragement.
I grew up in Ohio, had loving parents, and lived in the same house from the time I was six until a few years after college. My house had a large, wooded area behind it, which I loved. I was very fortunate. During one conversation in my sophomore year of college, a friend helped me to understand Christianity better than I ever had before, even though I attended church. That conversation, and my subsequent thirsty reading of the New Testament for myself, transformed my understanding of who Jesus is. I consider this time in my sophomore year as when I first really believed in Jesus (see John, chapter 3). Most of my writing is a reflection of my journey in faith since then.
Everyone faces difficulties in life, including Christians. Most of my difficulties came after I left home. These challenges often found their way into my writing. Journal entries, songs, poetry, plays, essays, and recently, a short story, have all jumped from my heart to paper or a computer screen, holding me hostage until completed. I wrote through years of participating in or working in various Christian ministries, churches, and on three summer mission projects overseas: in Argentina, Japan, and the Dominican Republic. I wrote through my marriage of 29 years, raising four wonderful children, living in six states, ten cities, and attending too many churches to count. Writing has been both my passion and therapy.
Life is both beautiful and difficult. May we all strive to be authentic, practice empathy, have faith, and stay grateful.