Newsletter - Chips Off The Rock - December 2020
The Bible is a storybook. Even the lists of laws or the protracted sentences in Paul’s letters were all created and put forth in the context of a story – the story of God’s relationship with men and women and children over thousands of years.
We all love stories – novels, movies, the funny papers, jokes, gossip, yarns spun by great uncle Rudy, and of course, the Bible. In all of our conversations and learning we may forget the content and the calculations, the ideas, the long explanations about why and why not, but… we remember the stories. Our memory and our identity are populated with stories of family, work, school, adventures, and misadventures.
Joyful or painful, these stories provide a foundation upon which we build our lives. Elaborate or simple, our stories begin the same:
I remember. Let me tell you…
There was once a man and a woman…
In the beginning…
Our stories tell us who we are. The story of the first day of school, first love, overcoming a fear of heights or elevators or spiders and snakes, lions, tigers, and bears, Oh my!!! Being flopped by a rooster. Trust violated and trust confirmed. Broken hearts. Soaring feats of joy. We are all full of stories. What a gift to remember them all.
Some folks lose the ability to recall their stories. We can help them by remembering for them. We do this by offering the familiar places, faces, sights, sounds, and music. When we recall the stories we just might help others who have forgotten.
Joseph went up from the town of Nazareth to Bethlehem because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn.
Our calling as Christians today may be to remember for those who have forgotten the stories of faith. In this season of Advent we will be recalling the stories of Christmas. These are faith stories carried to us through the generations of faithful.
What are your stories that you can tell this Advent season? You offer them by recalling those special events or by giving gifts, putting up decorations, singing the carols of affirmation, and offering prayer at the family Christmas meal. How will your stories be shared in this Christmas season, even with the uncertainty of the virus?