I wish I had been in Nairobi, Kenya, a few Sundays ago to hear my friend, Kirsten, deliver her homily.
I knew she had been invited to speak at a church service, so I emailed her yesterday to ask how it went. She attached the homily she had written with her email response. I opened it up and soon after I started reading, looked at the little square that slides down the right side of my computer screen, to gauge how much I had left to read. I was hoping there would be much more and didn’t want it to end any too soon!
Near the beginning of her text, she included this quote from Frederick Buechner:
“…we may tell stories about ourselves as well about other people, but not, for the most part,
our real stories,
not stories about what lies beneath all our other problems,
which is the problem of being human, the problem of trying to hold fast somehow to Christ when much of the time, both in ourselves and in our world, it is as if Christ had never existed.
…[we] tell what costs us the least to tell and what will gain [us] the most; and to tell the story of who we really are
and the battle between light and dark, between belief and unbelief, between sin and grace that is waged within us
all costs plenty
and may not gain us anything, we’re afraid, but an uneasy silence and a fishy stare.”
You can read more here. I just ordered the book from my library!
*My own end of the week tradition: words in song or story that move me in some way. I might type my very favourite parts in bold text, and I’ll always try to post a link below the quote so you can get more if you want it. Enjoy!