The first thing we need to do is reclaim storytelling as an art form for amateurs. People who love stories can be taught to tell them. Their audience may be two youngsters who are fighting sleep with all their might or a classroom of second graders or a family gathered around a table during the holidays. The size of the audience is not what makes the storyteller!
—Michael E. Williams, Spoken into Being: Divine Encounters Through Story (Upper Room Books, 2017)
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[Jesus] told another parable to them: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and planted in his field. It’s the smallest of all seeds. But when it’s grown, it’s the largest of all vegetable plants. It becomes a tree so that the birds in the sky come and nest in its branches.”
—Matthew 13:31-32 (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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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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