Grace Lutheran Church is preparing another video about the parish and our sacramental life together. We are using the same producer who made our last video, and I am really excited about his ideas and approach with this one. In preparing for it, I am inviting some members to tell their story.
Today while I drove into church I heard a bit on NPR regarding Romney’s speeches and the coaching he has received to make himself seem more personable. The answer was to tell more anecdotes and stories in his speech.
It’s all about stories today. At Mass this evening, it is the commemoration of Abraham, and his story: The Man who listened. The story of Abraham who believed. The story of Jesus giving Himself as the Isaac, as the Lamb God provided. The story of God’s infinite in our finite, the story of our kneeling and receiving our Creator in a piece of bread.
It’s about the stories of “The Days of our Church” and the bumbling, toe-stubbing, gossipy group of people we are, and how God’s grace is evident even when we obscure it with our own schemes.
It’s about the story of a boy turning 80 this weekend, my Father-in-law, and my wife putting together a slide show of his life. The stories of the twenty places my family must be and go and do today before the twelve-hour trip East. The stories of infamously painful and long and torturous road trips in the past, with crying sick babies and vomiting tweens and tires blown out on the road.
These are the stories we tell. And I’m showing my complete and unadulterated Gen-X, Post-Modern mentality when I say that this is what life is about.
The stories we tell each other during hard times, the shared stories and conflict and witnessing the Grace of God which somehow pulls us through them, skinning us alive but making love and family a salutary salve–these are things which we have and cling to. Stories are the warp and woof of Scripture, of God’s revelation to us, and the way we truly burst through the hard veneer of sin and crapulence and touch the image of God buried deep within, to cleanse and make alive by the story of the One who Stood and Died and Rose untouched.