Sunday, 7 June 2015
Stories of Faith
A few years ago, now, I discovered that I am a real story girl. Studying Genesis for a year, followed by studying Romans for a year showed me that I connect more deeply with people's stories. Today in our church we are getting to hear people's stories. This morning we had four people sharing, and somehow or another I ended up being one of them. What a privilege and responsibility to share our stories, be vulnerable with our communities and speak Truth about how God changes us, no matter where we are in our faith journey.
What I learnt this morning is that when you share a part of yourself people share some little corners of themselves with you, in return. I got to have some little conversations with people who were deeply touched because something of my story was echoed in theirs. We are more the same than different, aren't we?
This morning I shared about my experience with loss and grief and deep wounds from two significant, specific experiences. The game-changer for me? Psalm 103:1-6. At the end of working through my stuff and having some prayer ministry, and having precious friends walk that very difficult and painful journey towards healing, it was those verses that made me realise I didn't have to be burdened by the weight of what had so wounded me. Those verses reminded me of how God had already given me freedom and victory - all I had to do was exchange my wounds for freedom and victory and live like a free, victorious person. It was easy once I was ready to hand it over!
We are not normally inclined to going to church in the morning and the evening, but I think today is one of those rare days where I can't help myself. We have four different people sharing tonight, and if this morning is anything to go by it will be so worth it.
Weirdest part of the morning? Hearing myself on the intro video. That is the most bizarre sound in the world!
So, in your journey of faith, what was your game-changer?