The Gift of StorytellingNew Every Morning | February 15, 2023
The holiness of storytelling is revealed by the words of the apostle Paul: “Present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship” (Rom. 12:1). Our bodies are the vessels in which we live out the stories of our lives, and our physical embodiment reflects God’s image in the world. Only when we embrace all we have experienced as human beings—from our heartbreaking agonies to our ecstatic victories—and freely return them to God can they be used for our healing and as a part of the story on our journey.
—Marsha Crockett, Sacred Conversation: Exploring the Seven Gifts of Spiritual Direction (Upper Room Books, 2022)
What life experience can you embrace and return to God for your healing? Join the conversation.
Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love,
for his wonderful works to humankind.
—Psalm 107:21, NRSV
Prayer for the Week
Holy God, thank you for the gift of spiritual direction and for someone to accompany me on my journey of growing closer to you. Help me to remain open to suggestions my spiritual director offers and to pay attention to signs of your presence. Amen.
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I have a few of these, I guess. Not sure which I want to focus on. I’m a little gobsmacked today. My sister Amy texted to advise she received notice from her company that she and many of her co-workers have been laid off. she is very scared and I’m worried for her. Amy has never been laid off before and has had 2 jobs in 30 years. She can draw unemployment and will get a severance package, but loses the insurance. Please pray for her and her husband, that she will find something soon. My heart is so heavy. She had no warning that anything might be amiss. She has excellent performance reviews and was recently given a raise. We appreciate your prayers.
My story is God’s faithfulness and presence through the 13+ months of mom’s struggle and my companioning dad in his grief following her passing. I didn’t really intentionally prep for it – but I can see now that consistent, daily time with Him was building a strong support for me when I would need it most. And, He was placing people in my life, at various times, who would pour into me, readying me for what would lie ahead.
I’ve got to run the kittens to the vet to get their booster shots and then my small group is meeting in person for a dinner and our study this evening.
My god son’s team erased an early double digit deficit last night and came back and won. They are an enjoyable team to watch – some of them play so hard, regardless of what the scoreboard says. My friend looked tired. She had bloodwork done yesterday. I can’t remember if I shared a while back that she had some concerning bloodwork prior to the holidays. This was to see if any of her levels have changed.
Ally – praying for your sister Amy – and the uncertainty of what lies ahead.
I’m not sure what life experience I can/want to return to God for healing. Have to think about that.
Prayers for Ally’s sister and her husband after she was laid off. Hard to fathom after a raise and good job reviews. Loss of health insurance is very tough. Thankful Jill has people looking out for her thanks to her Dad, but I suspect there’s a lot of mutual concern as well, Despit the title of this reflection, I’m posting in the afternoon/ evening so I can see and read NEM posts. Prayers for Julie caring for h under challenging circumstances. Had a wonderful snowshoe hike to the top of Bald Hill. Oddly named as there’s complete tree cover. Not a lot of snow, but enough to make the trip. Saw two cross country skiers as well. Peace and blessings to all who come here. Thank You, Lord.