Happy New Year!
Can you believe it? Christmas has come and gone. 2014 is here. The trees and decorations have been put away. New Year’s resolutions may already be broken. Our lives are back to their “regularly scheduled programming” between family, friend, school, community, and work responsibilities.
And yet, the Christmas story is not finished. In fact, it’s only the beginning.Read More
The snow is here! The roads are a bit messy, but we are open for ministry at Christ the King tonight, Wednesday, December 4. Read More
As Lutherans we don’t talk about the pope very much. He is not a figurehead in our denomination but as the most well-known religious leader in the world, he makes the news frequently. A recent story on an interaction with a child is one where we should take note.Read More
“Praise God from whom all blessings flow! Praise him all creatures here below. Praise him above, ye heavenly host. Praise, Father, Son and Holy Ghost!” Read More
I have been thinking a lot about story. What stories do you share when asked who you are or how you are doing?
Here’s an adapted devotion I shared with our staff based on an article in Relevant.
We often nurture a love/hate relationship with story. We love the magic on the silver screen, the plot that keeps us reading late into the night. But then the story comes to a close and we snap back to reality, to our story, which sometimes feels like a rat race.
Unfortunately, real life does not offer the luxury of structured chapters, thematic clarity or closure. As we look over our shoulder at the twists and turns our lives have taken, we see a jumbled mess rather than a streamlined plot. And when we lose sight of our storyline, it’s easy to get cynical.
We are quick to praise God’s unfolding drama of redemption in the world, and we affirm the small part our individual stories play within it, but we struggle to put these everything together. We love the Gospel story, but it almost seems too grand, for the slight details of our ordinary lives.
So what do we do?
I have been thinking a lot about story. What stories do you share when asked who you are or how you are doing?Read More