Human beings live in story like fish live in water. We literally experience our lives as a narrative—not as a series of random events but as a sequence of connected occasions and experiences stitched together in narrative form. In this way, our experiences take on coherence and meaning.We learn to understand the world, other people, and God through a narrative lens. We also live surrounded by God like the very air we breathe, often invisible to us but absolutely necessary for life.
—Michael E. Williams, Spoken into Being: Divine Encounters Through Story (Upper Room Books, 2017)
In today’s reflection Michael E. Williams writes, “We also live surrounded by God like the very air we breathe.” What do you think about that statement? Does the idea of God surrounding you fill you with wonder or fear? Join the conversation.
The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.
—Psalm 145:18 (NRSV)
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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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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