EVERYONE IS A STORYTELLER. I didn’t say that everyone could be a storyteller; everyone already is a storyteller whether he or she realizes and acknowledges it or not. …
Human beings live in story like fish live in water. We literally experience our lives as narrative—not as a series of random events but as a sequence of connected occasions and experiences stitched together in narrative form. … We learn to understand the world, other people, and God through a narrative lens.
We also live surrounded by God like the very air we breathe, often invisible to us but absolutely necessary for life. … For this reason, when we speak of our experiences of God, we most often tell stories. Telling stories is not only a way of framing our understanding of the world and the people around us but also the means by which we speak of our divine encounters.
– Michael E. Williams
Spoken into Being
From pages 13-14 of Spoken into Being: Divine Encounters Through Story by Michael E. Williams. Copyright © 2017 by Michael E. Williams. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
Share a story of a divine encounter with a friend. Share your thoughts.
The death he died, he died to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.
Romans 6:10, NRSV
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This week we remember: Thomas More (June 22).
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