December 8, 2010

Dec. 8: Keeping the Story alive

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By Kelsey Shue, a senior communication major from Dalton, Ohio
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 146:5-10 (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:
Gathered around the family dinner table, I remember my parents sitting back in their chairs, and with a content sigh, they began to tell “our story.” When I was still in diapers, my father attended seminary and my mother stayed at home to take care of my two sisters and me. Without a steady income, life wasn’t easy.

Even though I was too young to remember it myself, I had been told this story countless times before. I knew it by heart.

For years I was embarrassed by the story that exposed my family as someone else’s charity. Yet to my parents, and now to me, it is a story of God’s faithfulness. God always provided what we needed — even down to the penny of the check in our mailbox, which covered rent the next day.

Twenty years later, I realize why my parents re-told this story: to keep the Story alive! In today’s Scripture, for each example of God’s faithfulness, there was someone who kept telling the Story. The Bible is full of examples where people kept the Story alive. Today, we have the opportunity to join them and keep the same Story alive.

SCRIPTURE: Psalm 146:5-10 (NRSV)

Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God,

who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them; who keeps faith forever;

who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets the prisoners free;

the Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous.

The Lord watches over the strangers; he upholds the orphan and the widow, but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.

The Lord will reign forever, your God, O Zion, for all generations. Praise the Lord!

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Comments (14)

  1. Thank you for this devotional today. It really helped me in my faith journey. My husband was a minister, now retired. Life as a minister’s wife isn’t easy. It seemed we were the ones in the church who had the least money. But, God is good and he met our needs. It is always good to re-remember that.

    Julie Poteet December 8, 2010 |
  2. Thanks for sharing your family story, and the ways its meaning has changed for you over the years. It is inspiring to see this story living on through you as a reflection of God’s faithfulness.

    Ann Hostetler December 8, 2010 |
  3. You and your parents are faithful in telling and living the story….and keeping it alive! Thanks for sharing it in Advent!

    Rita Miller December 8, 2010 |
  4. Kelsey,

    Today’s message is a blessing to me. Thank you

    Judy Moore December 8, 2010 |
  5. So many of life’s greatest lessons are passed along at the dinner table. Thanks for giving us a seat at your family’s table!

    Duane Stoltzfus December 8, 2010 |
  6. Thanks for sharing your family’s story of the power of “enough.” And a reminder of God’s faithfulness through all generations.

    Betty December 8, 2010 |
  7. Kelsey,
    Gracias por recordarnos la importancia de recordar y contar nuestras historias como la historia del nacimiento de él que no tenía nada.. sólo familia, hogar,y el amor.
    Yo sé que para mí, la historia familiar es parte de quién soy yo; la hija de Dios y de unos inmigrantes.

    Maria Day December 8, 2010 |
  8. Today’s scripture from Psalms is so encouraging! Thank you for sharing your family story as an example of God’s faithfulness. God bless you, Kelsey.

    Esther December 8, 2010 |
  9. Kelsey, Thank you for keeping the story alive. Blessings to you this Christmas.

    Jane Friesen December 8, 2010 |
  10. Thank you for your story. I hope that when the time will come, that you will be able to share your story with your family, of how God has been with you in your journey of life.
    blessing, and peace.

    Frank and Cara Ulrich December 8, 2010 |
  11. You got it right on the importance of story, Kelsey! Stories link us to the past and help to grow our roots. They also help to pave the road of our future to help us make connections and to spark insight and meaning. Thank you for your meditation today. It brought me many special memories of my own.

    debbie December 8, 2010 |
  12. Thanks for sharing your story. You are are keeping up a fine family tradition, both your parents’ family and Jesus family. You have struck a chord of memories of my family too.

    Madeline December 8, 2010 |
  13. Thank you for this. As someone about to embark on ministerial training whilst still having a young family and a husband who is self-employed with a far-from-guarranteed income, it’s a comfort to know God will provide.

    Jane from UK December 9, 2010 |
  14. You have inspired me to think about telling “our story” this Christmas. As a young family at seminary we experienced some of the same things your parents did. But also in our story is the death of a beloved daughter, an adoption of a son whose marriage gave us some step-granddaughters. Our son and his son have been in and out of prison, homeless. One of the step-granddaughters received her RN this summer. In all of this God has been with us, loving, leading, guiding. I think I need to tell the story this Christmas.

    Letha Miller Ressler December 10, 2010 |