Saturday, January 24, 2015

A Sacred Tale

A couple months ago I read a fabulous book by one of my all-time favorite authors, Sue Monk Kidd. It's a fairly quick read, with lots of simple, yet profound stories - I devoured it in one weekend! 

Most profound to me was her introductory chapter on the power of, hello?!  This theme had already been on my heart at the time, and as I sat and read Kidd's words, I felt a strong sense of the Divine speaking directly to me, encouraging me, pushing me on. 

As I read, I found myself writing out every other line of her first chapter in my journal, filling several pages with quotes and reflections about writing our stories and its power in our lives. I'm a firm believer: You have a story to tell. And so do I.

Are you grappling with the question, Who am I? Wrestling with an urge to tell your story? Do you need some direction or structure on your journey right now? I encourage you to join me and fellow brave-souls in writing your story this year. 

My story became bread through which God mediated grace. 
If you're struggling to take the leap, here are a few of the Kidd quotes that spoke to me most profoundly. I hope they'll find a home in your soul as well. Have a lovely Saturday, friend! 
Through story we catch God suddenly in the thick of our days, disclosures unraveling out of the mundane. Such awareness transforms life from a series of random events to the poetic realm of a sacred tale.
When we enter our personal story, we embark on an odyssey of reconciliation, of reclaiming more and more of who we truly are, the selves that are dark and light, redeemed and unredeemed.
Through the lens of story we see the mystery of ourselves more clearly. 
Discovering our personal stories is a spiritual quest. Without such stories we cannot be fully human, for without them we are unable to articulate or even understand our deepest experiences. 
In the act of creating story there is always an event of coming to know.
Through story we draw connections between the happenings of life and the lessons of God. 

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