Another dimension of remembering our stories is the connecting of our stories with God’s story in scripture. Scripture records experiences of God’s presence. We must keep in mind that the stories of the biblical tradition and our personal stories are not all that different. The Bible is a collection of stories about ordinary people in ordinary places doing ordinary things, when the Extraordinary happens to them. When we take our stories seriously enough to explore and share them, they can become places of divine revelation. If spirituality means “living in the Spirit,” then remembering our stories leads to spiritual formation.
—Richard L. Morgan, Remembering Your Story: Creating Your Own Spiritual Autobiography (Upper Room Books, 2002)
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Elijah was a human being like us, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth.
—James 5:17 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
I love to tell the story of unseen things above,
of Jesus and his glory, of Jesus and his love;
I love to tell the story, because I know ’tis true;
it satisfies my longings as nothing else would do.
(Source: Hymn by Katherine Hankey, 1868)
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