In my home office is a painting by
artist Kelly Rae Roberts that bears
the words: "Your story matters (tell
it)." It is my favorite piece of art
because it speaks to a truth that I hold
dear. It is also why I became a writer.
I firmly believe that everyone has
his or her own story that is unique.
And I also believe that we can all learn
something, find some revelation, in
someone else's story.
Our lives are inundated with other
people's stories on a daily basis. We
watch them on TV or at the movies. We
read them in newspapers and magazines
or hear them around the dinner
A Bible Full of Stories
Even a good part of our faith is based on
stories. The Bible is full of them. Could
you imagine not having the Christmas
story or the Passion? And without the
Bible we wouldn't know the stories of
Lazarus, Jonah, Job or Noah.
From each story, whether in the Bible
or in our lives, we garner some bit of
insight into the person. Sometimes that
insight can serve as an inspiration;
other times it can be a cautionary tale.
But we no doubt take a piece of their
story forward with us.
That's why I am so passionate about
letting people know that their stories
Celebrating Our Stories
Here are some ways that you and your
family can celebrate the many stories in
Tell it. Some families I know have
created blogs to chronicle the events in
their lives and share them with others.
You could also create a yearly scrapbook.
Throughout the year, write down
funny tales or anecdotes and put them
in the scrapbook.
Look back. Pull out your children's
baby books or go through their memorabilia
box and revisit items and the
stories related to them.
For instance, my daughter Maddie
loves hearing the story about how,
when she was a baby, my husband,
Mark, and I used to play a rainforest CD
to help her get to sleep. One evening I
laid her in her crib, put in her CD and
went off to clean. Suddenly I started
hearing growling noises. I searched the
house and eventually made it back to
Maddie's room, where I found her in
her crib looking wide-eyed and terrified.
I had accidentally put the jungle
animals CD in instead of the soft
sounds of the rainforest.
Share your favorite stories. Do you
have a favorite story from the Bible?
What about your favorite children's
book or classic novel? Set aside some
family time and have everyone bring
some of their favorite books. Talk about
why you like the story or book. You
might learn something new about your
Check it out. Ever wonder how
St. Francis became the patron saint of
animals? Or how Joan of Arc got
involved in fighting the English? Check
out their stories by going to the library
or going online for these and many
other saints' stories. Don't know where
to start? Investigate the patron saint
of your parish or school or your namesake.