In this book, I will take readers on a journey through a series of experiences from my own life. In part, I tell these stories to remind us of our shared experiences, but these stories also introduce me to the readers. Most importantly, however, I hope these stories will serve as an invitation for readers to tell their own stories, using the storytelling prompts at the end of each section. Together, we will discover our sacred stories and the settings, people, and objects that reveal their sacredness to us.
—Michael E. Williams, Spoken into Being: Divine Encounters Through Story (Upper Room Books, 2017)
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That day Jesus went out of the house and sat down beside the lake. Such large crowds gathered around him that he climbed into a boat and sat down. The whole crowd was standing on the shore. He said many things to them in parables: “A farmer went out to scatter seed. As he was scattering seed, some fell on the path, and birds came and ate it. . . . Everyone who has ears should pay attention.”
—Matthew 13:1-4, 9 (CEB)
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.
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