Listening to others’ stories is a gift we offer them. But we also receive a gift as we realize that every story is in some way the story of us all. Despite details and events that make our individual stories unique, there are moments when we recognize our story in the stories of others. Some experience, celebrative event, or difficult moment in another’s story resonates with our story, and we begin to recognize our oneness. People who share their stories become soul friends, bound together in unique ways.
—Richard L. Morgan, Remembering Your Story: Creating Your Own Spiritual Autobiography (Upper Room Books, 2002)
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Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.
—1 Peter 4:10 (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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