Stories

Stories… I love to sit and listen to the stories of others! Shared stories are the stuff from whence wisdom springs. They are treasures, a testimony of times past and present, of growing up years, and of challenges and celebrations.

I remember many family gatherings and the sharing of memories and information, and am glad I collected some of my mother’s remembrances like, “Your grandfather had large hands. I remember how big they were when he held my hand in his.” She and my dad told me of hobbies and skills that our ancestors possessed, where they lived or grew up, struggles and hard times they went through, accomplishments and much more.

Do you remember stories shared through family or friends? As we smile and laugh about past antics and quirky natures, connections are formed. As we learn about struggles and pains, tragedy or overcoming, and doubts and faith, we gain deeper insights. Yes, stories are the essence of humanity.

It’s no wonder that Jesus shared stories, usually in the form of parables. Through them he taught the importance of discernment and truth, teaching in a form in which others could relate. He said, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.” * I like the way the book of Proverbs opens, expressing the importance of learning, wisdom, and instruction. *

Stories… from the head shaking, foot stomping, belly laughs of epic escapades to the deeply thoughtful, wonder-filled, or heart sighing moments, are of value and worth. They help guide us in our search and desire to gain perspective and understanding, which in turn can nurture compassion for others. May we value and treasure them and approach them with discernment and thought, gaining encouragement, and discovering a deeper connection and love for all peoples.

*Mark 4:9, Proverbs 1:1-7
Charlotte-Anne Allen

2 thoughts on “Stories

  1. Loved this one…..love to hear stories and tell them too. Loved Amanda’s Christmas card. Adorable pictures. Hope all are doing well. Miss you. Hope to see you in the spring. We have our vaccines scheduled.

    Love you Diane

    Diane Tucker

    ” When you run alone, its called a race……and when God runs with you, its called Grace.”

    On Sat, Jan 16, 2021 at 10:36 PM The Still Small Voice wrote:

    > forjustaweed posted: ” Stories… I love to sit and listen to the stories of > others! Shared stories are the stuff from which whence wisdom springs. They > are treasures, a testimony of times past and present, of growing up years, > and of challenges and celebrations. I rememb” >

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