Theologians At Lunch

Jon Bergmann on the Power of Story

This month, we are talking about the power of story.

I think it’s true to say that our lives tell stories that will last long after our time on earth is done. For me, I drew much inspiration from a man who recently passed away, his name was Eugene Peterson. He was a pastor, a poet, a writer and a source of deep formation for many people. He taught me – through his writings – that the stories we write with our lives have much more to do with who we are, than what we do. I find this a struggle, but I always return to his words: he says that “prayers are not tools for doing or getting, but for being and becoming” and I think the same is true of stories. We might be remembered for the things that we did, but wouldn’t it be better to be remembered for the person that we are? Let’s allow our story of our life, to flow from the person that we are becoming.

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