AS PEOPLE OF FAITH, storytelling has special meaning for us. If all revelation is relationship, then storytelling becomes testimony, or the sharing of another’s testimony, to relationship. The act of storytelling itself becomes relational. It extends beyond the bounds of instructive or entertaining to become connectional. The storyteller engages the listener relationally. The listener seeks credibility in the voice, posture, and nonverbal communication of the storyteller. The storyteller responds to the face of the listener. We are people of The Story.
We are able to testify. We are able to say, I remember. I remember you. Remember me. And we tell The Story.
– Ray Buckley
Dancing with Words
From page 13 of Dancing with Words: Storytelling as Legacy, Culture, and Faith by Ray Buckley. Copyright © 2004 Discipleship Resources. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Discipleship Resources. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
Who’s story do you remember today? Share your thoughts.
And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
Romans 8:27, NRSV
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This week we remember: Isidore the Farmer (May 15).
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