I love the Story and I love the stories. The Story, of course, is the one told in the scriptures: creation, separation, and connection; the ongoing battle between power and grace; “Covenant making and covenant breaking” on the part of humankind and “covenant making and covenant keeping on the part of God.” I love that story. I love the stories of the people of God: hopeful (sometimes), faithful (sometimes), creative (sometimes) and whole-minded (sometimes). I love Hebron and Bethlehem, the Jabbok River and the southeastern corner of the Fertile Crescent, Jerusalem and Jericho and the road connecting them. There is no story like The Story.
And I love to tell my story and I love to hear yours. You hear me speak of the church in Acworth and the wonderful people there who directed my life. I like to hear you speak of where you were born and reared. I often ask newcomers to our church, “How did you get to us?” And when I do, I hear marvelous stories of determination, chance, hope, and joy. Many of us have church stories that have been in the making for generations. Others are writing the very first chapters of our family’s faith.
As we think about the church this year and our part in it, I invite you to think about your story and how it connects to The Story. I assure you, the church wants to hear our stories, as unpolished and unfinished as they are.
Think about your story and about your journey. The promise of the church is that we will help one another know our stories, and we will help one another tell our stories.
Below are a few videos sharing some of the magnificent stories from our church. Watch some and join Bobbi and me in ensuring stories like these continue to be told for years to come.