Everyone’s got a story. Some people like to tell their story and some people don’t. Some are proud of their story and some are ashamed by it. So many important stories remain untold while so many insignificant stories get great air play.
Stories are important because,
stories, out of their very nature, create community. Stories tell us who we belong to, who holds us accountable and where home is for us. In light of this reality, stories connect us to what is outside us, beyond us and within us. They give us a background, a sense of where we come from. They give us our values, our hopes and fears, our dreams of the future, not just as individuals, but also as belonging to others: ancestors, families, religions, God, friends, groups, institutions and countries. The stories we tell reveal our connections and our ways of finding meaning in the world.
(McKenna, M. We live inside a story. 2010, New City Press, New York. P.23)
For a story to have such power the story needs to be told. But unfortunately, many stories remain untold for a variety of reasons: embarrassment, fear of being judged, lack of time, no one wants to listen, and the list goes on.
No matter what our story though, there is always a connecting point with God, and in particular with his son Jesus. Whether your story is encouraging or discouraging, a point of celebration or shame, profoundly deep or lightly entertaining, Jesus came into our world to personally experience and identify with each of those human emotions.
So, what’s your story? Share it with Jesus so that you can allow him to speak into it and assure you of his love and acceptance. Share it with your community so that they too, in a spirit of love, can also assure you of their love and acceptance.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39
Spiritual & Cultural Development Leader