Telling the Story (@pamjweb)

The late Max Bygraves had the catchphrase “I wanna tell you a story”. He was famous for his stories on his Saturday Night TV show.

We all love a good story. I love reading.  It’s a way into another world, but one that we can connect with. As a child I loved Enid Blyton books, firstly Brer Rabbit, then moving on to The Famous Five – I so wanted to be George!  My love of a good story continues, as a way of exploring other lives, cultures and situations.

But I suppose we can get caught up in thinking of “story” as something made up, but it can also mean narrative – “a sequence of fictional or non-fictional events”.

The Bible contains many stories, not fairy stories, but faith stories, the narratives of peoples walk with God.

The lectionary is currently working its way through Job, and his story of suffering and faith.

My personal favourite is Habakkuk, a man who asks big questions of God, never really receives any answers, but is able to say through it all, that “even though” life is full of difficulties, he remains assured that God is with him and gives him the strength he needs.

There is Esther a young woman whose courageous actions enable her whole nation to be saved.

I’m sure you have your own favourite.  All these stories teach us of a life lived in faith, even in difficult times, the challenges God presents and how others deal with them – and the faithfulness of God in those lives.

And of course we have Jesus.  Jesus knew the power of story to make a point or show people a truth; but more importantly we have the story of his life and how lived.  The accounts of Jesus life are so important because they show us how God would live in the world.

The current plethora of autobiographies on the bookshelves shows how interested we are in other people’s stories.

I firmly believe that sharing our stories can help us.  It helps us know we’re not alone, we’re not the only one struggling, that there is a light at the end of the tunnel – and how God is with people in different times in their lives.  Sharing stories helps us hang on to the truths that others have discovered when we’ve not yet got there ourselves.  Sharing stories is part of being community.

We all have a story to tell.  How life has treated us, what we’ve learned, where God has been in it all.

So what about us?

The great thing is we all have a story – and it is important to tell it – it may just be what someone else needs to hear.

  • What is your unique story?
  • How can we help others to share their stories?
  • Are we listening to the stories other people have to tell?

About pamjweb

I'm a Methodist Minister, currently unable to work because of chronic illness. I love trying to work out what God's word means for us today - and coffee and cake. Social media gives me the opportunity to still have a voice, and interact with the world