Everyone has a story to share and a truth to tell.  The Breath of Life awakens stories within us, and through the writings of our friends, we are able to see how stories have taken shape and how we keep these stories alive.

I want a conversation
that could never be called a chat –
one where people
who respect one another
can let some silences settle
and consider
the words to come next.

  • At Tea and Theology, Susannah DeBenedetto invites us into a special moment in her past.  While the email exchange between her and her friend Kristi may have appeared like any normal conversation in their earlier days together, now that Kristi has passed, this email exchange is cherished on a new level.  In her post Who Knows Your Story, Susannah notes:

I have lost many people who held part of my story. I miss them and the stories they took to the grave with them. In an effort to attempt to recall some of those stories I have been reading old emails. I invite you to travel back in time with me to March 2008 when two best friends shared this email exchange.

  • At Las Puertas Abiertas de Par en Par, Rosa writes on the stories that still abide from the town of Haynesville, AL.  She shares that Haynesville was the place where seminarian Jonathan Daniels was murdered during the Civil Rights Era.  Rosa moves into the stories of the present, including current statistics of the town, photographs around the area, and these words:

I find small spaces of almost absurd beauty in the midst of all the complexity, sorrow and despair of this community.

  • On her post Revolution in the Streets; Putting the Last, First at Medium, Trybal Pastor reflects on the injustices in our world and how stories are often skewed by those who hold the power.  She poetically explores the parable of the landowner and workers in the vineyard, calling out the injustices found both by the landowner and in our world today.  How do those of us with privilege respond to neighbors who have been oppressed finally being able to tell their authentic stories?  She states:

And when we witness
Someone else,
Someone’s whose history
Ancestry
Whose story
Has been wrongly represented
Has instead been stereotyped
When they succeed,
Where we fail,
We grumble!

What story are you feeling called to tell?  How would your story bring peace to someone facing injustices or a crisis in their lives?  If you have shared pieces of your story recently, please post a link below to your blog.

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The Rev. Michelle L. Torigian is the Pastor of St. Paul United Church of Christ, Old Blue Rock Road in Cincinnati. Her essay “Always a Pastor, Never the Bride” was in the RevGalBlogPals book There’s a Woman in the Pulpit. She also has chapters in the books Sacred Habits: The Rise of the Creative Clergy and A Child Laughs: Prayers for Justice and Hope.  Torigian blogs at http://www.michelletorigian.com.

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