Every day is a chance to celebrate God’s story…to give thanks that God’s story, in Christ, includes you and me, too.
Hearing God’s story and telling my story goes on. It doesn’t stop when the church lights are extinguished and we head for home. It doesn’t stop when we “graduate” from Sunday School. It doesn’t stop (in fact, it often kicks into higher gear) when we encounter life’s unexpected crises. It doesn’t stop when we retire from the working world and feel that we’ve “been there, done that” with all the usual church stuff. It doesn’t even stop when that day comes and we are surrounded by those we love, looking forward to our reunion with our Savior in heaven. I was reminded of that when, a few weeks ago, I was blessed to see the video on Facebook of a lady from our church community, singing “How Great Thou Art” from the confines of her hospice bed. Telling God’s story through one’s own story will never look the same for two different people. It will not even look the same for the SAME PERSON as he or she gets older and life changes. But the life of repentance goes on. We can’t help but tell our story by our words and actions when we come to grips with how God’s story has included us, helpless and ornery people that we are!
I wonder what happened to the Samaritan woman after she told God’s story through her own story to her neighbors in Samaria. I can’t help but think that God had even bigger surprises in store for her down the road. It reminds me of another person who celebrated abundant life in Christ: Martin Luther. When asked the reason why he told God’s story Luther gave one of my favorite quotations of all time…a brief account of his own personal story: “This life…is not righteousness but growth in righteousness, not health but healing, not being but becoming, not rest but exercise. We are not yet what we shall be but we are growing toward it; the process is not yet finished but it is going on, this is not the end but it is the road. All does not yet gleam in glory, but all is being purified.”
From one traveler who has not reached the end, but feels privileged to be on the way with each of you: Let’s celebrate! God’s Story is Our Story, too. Let’s find ways that each of us can share it.