God’s story; Our story; Your story/my story.
Their are various ways of understanding the interplay of these three stories. Learning to engage and connect with each of these through storytelling and story listening helps us to respond and participate in each story. No matter where you start, growing a just-right relationship, a sense of belonging, or some appreciation or identification with each of these stories is the beginning of a journey to the centre of all three.
God’s story … best expressed in creation; the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ; the Hebrew Bible as it points to Christ; the New Testament along with God’s Church being Christ ‘with skin on’ in the world and individual lives today. Wow! God’s Big STORY!
Our story … Our families and friendship groups, tribes and villages, communities and cities, nations and alliances … all with their leadership styles, values, traditions, culture, policies, and STORY!
Your story, my story … individual stories. All different. A perceived truth for each of us as individuals. Origins, history, ups and downs, highs and lows, loves won and lost … everything. Whether we can articulate our own story in words or have the capacity to listen to another’s story or not doesn’t change this idea that we each, individually, have a STORY.