Sunday, September 30, 2012

Where I Always Hoped I Might Stand

We throw open our doors to God

and discover

at the same moment

that he has already thrown open

his door to us.

We find ourselves

standing where we always

hoped we might stand-

out in the wide open spaces of

God's grace and glory.

Romans 5:2, The Message

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Quotes about Story

If stories come to you, care for them. And learn to give them away where they are needed. Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive. (Barry Lopez)

The master gave his teaching in parables and stories, which his disciples listened to with pleasure-and occasional frustration, for they longed for something deeper.The master was unmoved. To all their objections he would say, ‘You have yet to understand that the shortest distance between a human being and Truth is a story’. (Anthony de Mello)

Sacred stories are those of transformation, they are stories that draw us closer to what I call the Lord Within The Heart, and they help us to see our connection to all things. There’s a saying in the Jewish tradition that the shortest distance between a human and God is through a story. So if storytelling is a journey, sacred storytelling is a pilgrimage—a pilgrimage to a place called Hope. (Andy Fraenkel)

  Australian Aborigines say that the big stories—the stories worth telling and retelling, the ones in which you may find the meaning of your life—are forever stalking the right teller, sniffing and tracking like predators hunting their prey in the bush. (Robert Moss, Dreamgates)

Stories live in your blood and bones, follow the seasons and light candles on the darkest night... (Patti Davis)

Life will go on as long as there is someone to sing, to dance, to tell stories and to listen (Oren Lyons)

To be a person is to have a story to tell. (Isak Dinesen)

We are lonesome animals. We spend all of our life trying to be less lonesome. One of our ancient methods is to tell a story begging the listener to say-and to feel- ‘Yes, that is the way it is, or at least that is the way I feel it.’ You’re not as alone as you thought. (John Steinbeck)

Many of these quotes, and more, can be found here.