Story begets story.
Story begets story.
So I tell mine first, and kind friends listen with love, and heart meets heart here on this page where our stories intersect — and we remember there’s an Author, that every day of our lives was written in His book before there was one of them, and nothing in our stories takes Him by surprise.
I tell mine first. How my heart broke, and I couldn’t see past my lost treasure, and I lived in the “why?” instead of the “Thank You.” How even when it hurt to breathe, every breath was grace. How ripples were set in motion, and nothing they touched will ever be the same, but I had a choice whether or not to watch the beauty unfolding in their wake.
I tell my story, and then in the after moments, one by one, some of them tell me theirs. I listen, and I’m humbled, because we all have scars, and who am I to stand before those brave and beautiful souls? I listen, and I’m amazed, because redemption shines, and there’s a glory on their faces that only grace can explain.
Every story has a beginning, a middle, and an end. And every person has a story. Here on this page where our stories intersect, we receive His gifts and taste His goodness. Ripples are set in motion, and we choose to see, and we live in the “Thank You.”
Giving thanks in community:
#28. Safe travel to Houston and back home again.
#29. A warm welcome from my host family and their black lab, Mollie.
#30. Jacob’s Song and a gorgeous instrument to play it on.
#31. The way ripples keep expanding as story begets story.
#32. Bountiful, delicious, lovingly prepared food.
#33. Polished silver and cloth napkins.
#34. The tender, embracing, resilient hearts of women whose brokenness has been redeemed.
#35. A surprise reunion with a high-school friend, who came to the brunch not realizing she knew the speaker, because she didn’t know my married name. We were also surprised to discover how similar our stories are. More ripples here in days to come.
#36. An extended visit with the lovely and charming “katdish.” What a delight to finally meet her in person! For those who know Kathy online, she is exactly as you would expect her to be. Genuine and thoughtful. Playful, yet passionate for truth, and not afraid to ask the hard questions. She challenges me and makes me laugh. That’s a good gift indeed.
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