Language is still vitally critical to culture and storytelling. Many cultures, faced with new terminology such as car, telephone, or computer, have created new compound words using traditional concepts rather than compromise their language. My grandfather could not afford a telephone until later in life. When he acquired one, he used the phrase “It cries a lot” to refer to it. This described not only the sound of the telephone but its intrusion, which was a cultural anathema.
—Ray Buckley, Dancing with Words: Storytelling as Legacy, Culture, and Faith (Discipleship Resources, 2004)
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Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story—
those he redeemed from the hand of the foe,
those he gathered from the lands,
from east and west, from north and south.
Some wandered in desert wastelands,
finding no way to a city where they could settle.
They were hungry and thirsty,
and their lives ebbed away.
Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress.
—Psalm 107:2-5 (NIV)
Prayer for the Week
Holy God, help us as we sift through the memories of our lives. Guide us to ponder the power of storytelling and to use our stories to help others. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
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