We choose to remember for the purpose of sharing stories. Storytelling affirms for us the memory of our people, whoever they may be. Long before the written word or the printing press, those who first told and remembered the stories passed on a legacy as human beings. We are people of the story, and we seek to identify and tell our stories in nearly everything we do.
—Ray Buckley, Dancing with Words: Storytelling as Legacy, Culture, and Faith (Discipleship Resources, 2004)
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[Jesus said] “Consider then the parable of the farmer. Whenever people hear the word about the kingdom and don’t understand it, the evil one comes and carries off what was planted in their hearts. This is the seed that was sown on the path. As for the seed that was spread on rocky ground, this refers to people who hear the word and immediately receive it joyfully. Because they have no roots, they last for only a little while. When they experience distress or abuse because of the word, they immediately fall away. As for the seed that was spread among thorny plants, this refers to those who hear the word, but the worries of this life and the false appeal of wealth choke the word, and it bears no fruit. As for what was planted on good soil, this refers to those who hear and understand, and bear fruit and produce
—Matthew 13:1823 (CEB)
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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