From the first words, “This is my story . . . ,” we were drawn into the tale, as if those words were a cue for our brains to shift from the present reality into a place where we were feeling, smelling, and tasting the world of the story. Her eyes, voice, smile, hands, and posture conveyed countless pieces of nonverbal information. She chose her words carefully, like one would choose marbles from a glass jar. Silence itself was a chosen word-turned-paragraph. A gesture, frozen in midair, became an exclamation point. She was a dancer whose legs no longer moved well. She painted with colors we saw in our minds. She was a weaver of words, handing one a basket woven of thought. But when it was complete, the basket became ours.
—Ray Buckley, Dancing with Words: Storytelling as Legacy, Culture, and Faith (Discipleship Resources, 2004)
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The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, “You may freely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die.”
—Genesis 2:15-17 (NRSV)
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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