Throughout history, storytelling has been a popular art, something practiced by a wide variety of people in numerous and various settings. Of course some, because of their gifts, became associated with the artful telling of stories, but this identification didn’t mean that the craft of storytelling belonged to the professional. The shadow of the professionalization of storytelling is revealed when people who otherwise might offer stories to their class at school, to their congregation at church, or to their children or grandchildren at home, choose not to. . . . Let me be clear: The people who make their living by telling stories do not intend to discourage others from doing so. In fact, the storytellers I know want their listeners to discover and tell their own stories.
—Michael E. Williams, Spoken into Being: Divine Encounters Through Story (Upper Room Books, 2017)
With whom do you share your own stories—with your children or grandchildren, with your Sunday school class or small group, with friends and family around the dinner table?
[question written by Michael E. Williams] Join the conversation.
Jesus used many other stories when he spoke to the people, and he taught them as much as they could understand. He did not tell them anything without using stories.
—Mark 4:33-34 (CEV)
Prayer for the Week
Gracious God, thank you for being the original author of the greatest story ever told. Guide us as we learn to tell our own stories and discover how they connect with your story and with the story of humanity. Amen.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.
Join us for Light from Afar: Experiencing Advent Around the World, an online journey that celebrates the diversity of Advent traditions. Learn more and receive a discount on registration here.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
Looking for lectionary-based resources? Learn more about The Upper Room Disciplines.