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God’s Story, Our story: Remembered & Embodied

May 13, 2011

I am reading through Sean Gladding’s excellent book, The Story of God, the Story of Us: Getting Lost and Found in the Bible, and a particular scene was meaningful to me today. In this part of the narrative one of the main characters tells why God’s people continue to listen to these old stories (the Exodus) and what that practice means for their lives and their identity:

But God not only wanted to get God’s people out of Egypt, God also wanted to get Egypt out of them-its stories, rooted in fear and greed, power and prestige, idolatry and ideology. We also have been deeply shaped by the stories of Egypt, the stories of Babylon, the stories of empire. That is why we must keep telling the Story of God to each other, to remind ourselves who we are and to help us resist the power and attraction of those other stories, and break the hold they have over us. (p.79)

In this I am reminded of why we learn this Story, let it form us, and seek to embody it. And we are called to do this together with others (Hebrews 10:23-25). Our identity, both individually and corporately, depends on engagement with this Story and its Author. And through a Story, Christ forms, shapes, and sends us into his world.

  1. October 7, 2011 9:01 pm

    Amen. Good point! It is interesting, and actually perplexing what stories have shaped us.

  2. October 14, 2011 2:16 pm

    Thanks Ted! I’m learning that it’s always good to be honest and aware of what stories shape us. There is power there.

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