Looking back at the history we have lived through, the ways we have coped with and survived major changes, can be a significant experience. Even more helpful is to remember people and events that influenced our story. We cannot return to the reality of our past, but we can never leave that reality behind. We are who we are because of the people and events that shaped us. The memories won’t fade; they represent realities that made us who we are. As we look back with the eyes of faith on the whole sweep of our lives, sometimes what seemed to be chance meetings become hinge-points in our story.
—Richard L. Morgan, Remembering Your Story: Creating Your Own Spiritual Autobiography (Upper Room Books, 2002)
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And now I commend you to God and to the message of his grace, a message that is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all who are sanctified.
—Acts 20:32 (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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