HOLY HERETIC DEVOTIONAL- JULY 19, 2016-BE STILL
Compiled by Mercy Junction Pastor Brian Merritt
“The universe is made of stories – not atoms.” — Muriel Reykeyser
Too often we forget that our faith is based on stories, stories handed down from generation to generation. Storytelling has been one of the most important parts of cultures throughout the ages. Folk tales to family history have helped shaped our ethics and pride. The story is essential to making up the realities in which we live.
I remember making up stories for my daughter Calla when I was a stay at home dad. It seemed that she had an unending capacity to hear stories and would beg me to come up with new ones all the time.
Over time I felt a deep sense of responsibility in the stories I told to her. So, the stories I made up had strong and independent girls. I inhabited them with animals that went against the group with independent ideas. Or they were about children who were unsure of themselves, but had others in their life that believed in them. I felt responsible for stories that entertained her, but that didn’t further a story that I did not want her to follow.
Stories are important. Think of all the stories in your life from your beginning. Think about your life as a story. What does it tell?
Today’s Action: Pick out a favorite fairy tale, or folk tale and re-read it. If it has been some time since you have read it, does it still mean the same as it did when you first read it? Has the meaning changed at all?
Today’s Action: Tell someone close to you a story. It can be a family history, a folk tale or religious. Ask them what they think is to be learned from that story.
Sharing: We’d love to hear your stories.
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