Friday, September 01, 2006

Stir the Memory Pot

Immigrant SignImmigration is traumatic. Slavery is traumatic. Human history overall is traumatic. The story of cool is, to a significant extent, the story of young people burying the stories of their families.

But the God who leaps out of the pages of the Bible is not afraid of the suffering of life: in fact, Jesus was God choosing to take on the human condition and live with us--and ultimately, to save us.

As followers of Jesus, we don't have to bury the past. We don't need to resort to as weak a defense as cool. As followers of Jesus, we can search out God's presence in our family stories. And we can belong to our families, without shame.

Are there corners of your family story you want to reclaim for the church?


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