The stories of our lives are both familiar and hidden. There are family stories that have been told so often that they become legends: stories of how people met, births, Christmases and ordinary days where something unusual happened.
Although we shape our own stories, the stories of our lives also shape us. They help us understand our families, our identities and what is important to us. Stories tell us important truths about faith, life, what we deem valuable and how we have come to view the world. They connect us with the past and give us hope for the future. Stories shape us as communities, nations and people of faith.
Stories are a gift and a heritage, a warning and a promise, a way to understand life itself. What are the stories that shape your life: the ones that you know and tell, and the ones that are a bit more hidden?
This message is an excerpt of “We are story people” by Jordan Miller-Stubbendick in the July/August 2019 issue of Gather magazine.
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