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Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell what God has done for me.
Telling Our Stories
At some point in our lives of faith, there has been a moment of knowing something we felt like we didn’t know before. It can be subtle, just the way our spirits lighten when we really needed them to as the breeze blows through. It can be clear, a before and after situation where suddenly we know beyond any shadow of a doubt that something profound has changed us, and from now on, we will know. What will we know? That God is, that Jesus is, that the Spirit is blowing through us – that there is more to life than the surface of life would suggest.
Those stories – they are important to us, and they are important for other people to hear, if we can open ourselves up to share them. Frederick Buechner, one of my favorite authors talks about all of life being key moments. “Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it, because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.” May the moments of today include the chance to remember and to tell our stories of God breaking in.
Prayer: Dear God, Help us to pay attention to the moments of this day, and notice grace along the way. Amen
- What are your stories of faith? Take the time to think about them, and give thanks for those moments this morning. If you are having trouble remembering any – give thanks for the people who have helped you on your journey so far.
- Have you ever told someone one of your faith stories? How did that go? What would you do the same, or what would you do differently if you told the story again?
- Who can you imagine sharing your story with in your life now? If you don’t know, pray, and see if you sense someone who might be open, or need to hear your story.
Debbie is excited by the power of story to transform lives. Through her work as a pastor, author, retreat leader, and group facilitator, her hope is to plant seeds that encourage people to grow in their relationship with themselves, each other, and God.