Reflections: The importance of story
Sometimes people talk as if stories are just for children, mere made-up tales to entertain or amuse. But stories are so much more than that. We all live our lives in terms of stories. We tell our own stories to one another, formed and shaped by things like where we have come from, who we are connected to, what we value, and what we are hoping for. We also live out of larger worldview stories or meta-narratives, that explain how we think the world works and its purposes and meaning, and which also shape how we live in response. The Bible is God’s meta-narrative, his story of creation, promise, redemption, and restoration. We are invited to make sense of our own lives and the world in which we live through this framework. It is an ancient story, and a big story. It doesn’t start with us but with God’s purposes for all of creation. But it is a story that invites our participation and response.
Questions: What is your sense of the overall narrative the Bible tells? How does this shape your life?
Prayers: Almighty God, thank you that you make yourself and your purposes known to us, inviting us into the grand story you are outworking through all creation. Help me to see how my own life story is shaped by this much bigger story and how you are calling me to respond.