I don’t think I could be more inspired. Yesterday I attended a DreamWorks seminar with the United Methodists in the Western Jurisdiction, and I sat with my mouth open as they detailed the joy and sorrows in storytelling. I wondered if we had lost our long-practiced art of storytelling in the Church. I remembered that our faith is grounded in our sacred stories. I wanted to learn more from the every-day storytellers, so that I could tell the best story ever.
At one point, a raw confession was expressed about the Church: there is no experience of challenge within the Church. Have we gone soft? Have we given over the power of story to those who do it so well? Have we forgotten to follow in the footsteps of the greatest storyteller that ever walked this earth?
My head and heart are full of questions and wonderings. And while I question, I am inspired to begin again. To refine my craft of storytelling that is sometimes called “preaching.” To tell again the story of the One who loves enough to live and die for us. To tell the story of Love and ReBirth and Forgiveness and LoveAgain. To tell the story of God’s presence and why it matters. To tell the suffering, the strength, and the courage to live fully. I’m working to be better at storytelling. I hope you’ll join me.