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The Good Story

Weekly Devotionals

The Good Story

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:2, 6

I’ve been watching a lot of movies and TV series lately. The good ones have an ability to draw us in to the story, whether that means making us laugh or cry. We were made for good stories. It’s no wonder our kids demand a story (or two or three) every single night of the week.

As diverse as the shows are, there are some common threads: loss and suffering, redemption and forgiveness, love and sacrifice. It’s then that you realize that good stories can capture our imagination and change the way we look at ourselves and the world around us. They point to the longings of our hearts and to what we want to be.

And every story is an opportunity to return to the true story. It’s no accident that God choose the medium to a story to relate to us. Jesus is the good Word come to life.

Whether we realize it or not, our modern world has a different story to tell us that defines who we are. We have a choice every day
to believe the good story or the contemporary story. Our lives are not a string of cold, meaningless events. We require a narrative to piece together a life worth living, to provide a framework and give meaning and guidance for our choices.

When mundane days sap us dry, we can remember God’s promises to Israel in the desert. In the valleys we can recall Job’s cry for help and the tears of Jesus at Gethsemane. We can read and reread stories of a great light that has dawned. I pray that during this new year, we can examine our lives in light of the stories told in the good Word and find true hope and meaning.