A few weeks ago I talked about story. I continue to be reminded that in story there is space. Space to find and be found. Space to learn and ask and grow. Space to love and be loved. Henri Nouwen so beautifully expounds on this, causing me to explore further, to keep asking the questions, and finding my way in this story – in this relationship with God and with others.
True freedom to be ourselves is living in true intimacy with God and others. It comes to those brave enough to ask the hard questions, willing to wrestle and sit, and move within this space. We can be free with our questions, our sadness, our fears…looking not so much for answers as for relationship with a real Jesus. Talking with Him. Learning to see Him. Being with Him. Knowing Him. He is enough. Or is He? Are we courageous enough to ask? To see what is real and true? To admit we might not really know or see or hear or love Him? Relationship is a journey. Empty religion is full of quick fixes and pat answers. Where are you? I invite you to continue to journey with me, to wonder and to ask.
“… We need to become storytellers again, and so multiply our ministry by calling around us the great witnesses who in different ways offer guidance to doubting hearts. One of the remarkable qualities of the story is that it creates space. We can dwell in a story, walk around, find our own place. The story confronts but does not oppress; the story inspires but does not manipulate. The story invites us to encounter, a dialog, a mutual sharing.
A story that guides is a story that opens a door and offers us space in which to search and boundaries to help us find what we seek, but it does not tell us what to do or how to do it. The story brings us into touch with the vision and so guides us. Wiesel writes, “God made man because he loves stories.” As long as we have stories to tell to each other there is hope. As long as we can remind each other of the lives of men and women in whom the love of God becomes manifest, there is reason to move forward to new land in which new stories are hidden.”
- Henri Nouwen