When do you say grace? Before meals? Only then?

What about saying grace before a road trip? Grace before the start of a work day? Grace before an evening out with friends?

If you’re a writer (as so many of us are, in one way or another), do you say grace before you start a first draft? Grace before you sit down to edit your written work? Grace before you send that work out into the world?

G. K. Chesterton said grace “before I dip the pen in the ink.”

Gary Schmidt and Elizabeth Stickney — noted authors and devoted Christians — do, too.

Acceptable Words

In Acceptable Words: Prayers for the Writer, Schmidt and Stickney have assembled an inspiring collection of ancient, contemporary, and original prayers and poems — including Chesterton’s — to guide writers as they say grace over their work at every stage in the writing process.

Click to order Acceptable Words: Prayers for the Writer.

Click to watch an interview with Gary D. Schmidt and Elizabeth Stickney