Week 36 Wednesday

What’s Your Story?

Today’s scripture selection: Psalms 105-107

Key verses: Psalm 107:2-3

Slang expressions come and go.  I remember how some years ago one way for a person to challenge another’s behavior or attitude was to ask a simple question: “What’s your story?”

I don’t hear that expression used much these days – I suppose that says something about my age.

But – minus the accusatory tone – it’s actually a very good question.

What is your story?

We all have one, you know.

We all have a family history; a personal history; an emotional, physical, and spiritual map of sorts.  We have all been through things – some good, some no doubt very bad.

We’ve learned things along the way – sometimes the “hard” way.

And, we all have had some experience, one way or another, with God – even if it is to reject Him in disbelief.

Thousands of years ago, the Psalmist had a suggestion:

“Let the redeemed of the LORD tell their story…”

And it seems to me that is a good suggestion indeed.

Those of us who proclaim that we consider ourselves “redeemed” – those of us who have experienced God’s grace and love and redemption – we should tell others about that.

It doesn’t necessarily mean we need to go out on the street corner, Bible tract in hand, and shout it from the top of our lungs.  Some feel called to do that – and that’s fine.

But surely there are all sorts of ways – as unique as we are  each unique creations of God – in which we can tell “our” special story.

Who knows – it might just inspire someone else to experience and tell their own.

 

Prayer: Lord, open my eyes, ears – and mouth – to faithfully see, hear, and tell of your love – especially to those who need to have a word of hope.  AMEN.

 

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. “Elpis” is the Greek word for “expectant hope.” He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, and a member of Spiritual Directors International. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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