We all love to hear a good story. Almost every culture that has existed has placed a special importance on stories and story tellers. The Maori people love to use stories to tell about their history. The Greeks told all kinds of myths and stories to one another. Even those who lived in less sophisticated societies than our own are still telling us stories through the pictures they painted onto cave walls. In our 21st Century Western context we hear many stories every day like when we look at the news or listen to a song or read a book or watch a TV series or movie.
And stories are great. They engage our hearts, our minds and our imaginations. We can relate to characters in a story. And that’s part of what makes them special. They’re engaging, meaningful and can convey a simple message in a powerful way.
And I think this is one of the things that excite me about the ongoing sermon series at the 10am service, ‘The Story we find Ourselves in’. It helps us understand God and share about Jesus in a way that’s not simply facts and principles but declares God’s story of how he sought to save humanity from its own hurt and brokenness.
We can all say that God loves us. But how much more meaningful is it to tell the story of our God who would stop at nothing to be with his beloved creatures. My hope and prayer is that we will be gripped and astounded by this story and we can have the courage to share it with others.
Originally penned for the East Taieri Church bulletin.