July, 2007

We love the moments
we can be alone with our friends and loved ones.  
The nights are warm.  
We love to gather outdoors and
gaze at the sunset or watch the stars.  
In the evenings we gather together
and share stories of present and past events.  
Watching the fireworks we recall other occasions of festivity,
alongside campfires we share storiesof mystery, drama, and intrigue.

On family outings we share the personal stories of our family,
how mom and dad fell in love,
the events around the birth of a child,
buying a first house or car,
the first vacation one remembers,
stories about grandma and grandpa,
and stories about encountering God.  

Stories make people happy.  
They can be healing, instructive, and strengthening.  
Some of us need to laugh and some need to cry.  

The soul loves stories.  
Summer is a good time to tell stories.  
Our inner being hungers for life
that has deep value and spiritual content,
especially stories that are related to everyday life.

Stories help us remember events
and give a sense of purpose to where we are traveling.  
Stories give us a sense of history
that there was a world before we were born.
The soul loves stories from eons ago,
stories contained in the Biblical record,
and our own stories that give us meaning and connect us to home.

What are the stories of your life?  
Have you ever considered writing a biography?  
Writing can be a form of prayer and contemplation.  
It can help us explore our personal mythology.  
The deeper we search our experience
we find times in which grace and mercy
have touched our lives and given us a sense of sacred space.  

Our inner life thrives on stories:  
Stories of our birth, past family history of our parents and grandparents…
how they met, particular journeys encountered,
losing jobs, moving to a new country, and death;
stories of our early childhood, school and friends,
our first crush, our first kiss, high school experiences,
young adulthood, first love, lost loves,
meeting the one you eventually married, first date,
the journey of courtship, engagement and marriage;
stories of the first years of our marriage before children,
birth of our children,
stories of pain and sorrow, tragedies and losses
that have entered our life,
the journey of our parents, or their death;
conflicts and fights,
long standing areas of
stuckness, depression, joy, fear, rejections, angers;

stories about our encounters with God,
pets that graced our lives;
and stories that changed our lives,
changed the direction we walked,
stories about longings that have been unfulfilled
and dreams still to come true.   

Jesus taught in parables.  
“Then He said, ‘What is the kingdom of God like?  And to what shall I
compare it?  It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and put in his
garden; and it grew and became a large tree, and the birds of the air nested
in its branches.’  ‘It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three
measures of meal till it was all leavened’” (Luke 13:18-20).

“Moreover, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under
the cloud, all passed through the sea.  All these things happened to them as
examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of
the ages have come” (I Corinthians 10:1, 11).     

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