what’s your story?

 Each person has his or her own burden to bear and story to write. – Galatians 6:5 (the Voice)

every life is a journey
every person has a story to tell…
if we would just listen.

what’s yours?

what has filled the pages as a result
of turning this season of Lent upside down?

have you taken a moment to examine your own stuff
your own thoughts and perceptions?
have you thought about the anticipation of Easter?
have you felt the heaviness
the brokenness
have you been able to determine where you are – the starting point – and been able to gather clues?
have you been able to identify who is there – even though you can’t see?
have you thrown up your hands in defeat and disgust?
have you asked questions?
have you participated in
have you been able to do the next thing – and redefined what that is?
have you been able to release and come home?

have you rewritten your story?
have you started to know what your story is?

have you allowed yourself to be broken during this season?

“I hold the broken Last Supper in front of me, a Jesus with broken hands. What did Jesus do after He gave thanks? “And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them.”  He took it and gave thanks. Eucharisteo. Then He broke it and gave. How many times had I said it: “Eucharisteo precedes the miracle”? Thanksgiving precedes the miracle—the miracle of knowing all is enough. And how many times had I read it—how Jesus “took the seven loaves and the fish, and when he had given thanks, he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and they in turn to the people”?  Eucharisteo—Jesus embracing and giving thanks for His not-enough—that preceded the miracle. But why hadn’t I been awakened at the detonation of the revelation before? What was the actual miracle? The miracle happens in the breaking. Not enough was given thanks for, and then the miracle happened: There was a breaking and a giving—into a kind of communion—into abundant filling within community. The miracle happens in the breaking.”  – Ann Voskamp

have you experienced the miracle in the breaking?

But You are a Savior
And You take brokenness aside
And make it beautiful – All Sons and Daughters, Brokenness Aside

life is a journey…
and we all have a story to tell.

what’s yours?

The Lord is my Best Friend and my Shepherd.
I always have more than enough.

He offers a resting place for me in his luxurious love.
His tracks take me to an oasis of peace, the quite brook of bliss.

That’s where he restores and revives my life.
He opens before me pathways to God’s pleasure,
and leads me along in his footsteps of righteousness
so that I can bring honor to his name.

Lord, even when you path takes me through
the valley of deepest darkness,
fear will never conquer me, for you already have!
You remain close to me and lead me through it all the way.
Your authority is my strength and my peace.

The comfort of your love takes away my fear.
I’ll never be lonely, for you are near.

You become my delicious feast
even when my enemies dare to fight.
You anoint me with the fragrance of your Holy Spirit,
you give me all I can drink of you until my heart overflows.

So why would I fear the future?
For I’m being pursued only by your goodness and unfailing love.
Then afterwards – when my life is through,
I’ll return to your glorious presence to be forever with you! – Psalm 23 (the Passion translation)

attentive grace.


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