Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
his love endures forever.
Let the redeemed of the LORD tell their story—
those he redeemed from the hand of the foe,
those he gathered from the lands,
from east and west, from north and south.
This theme of story has been powerful in my life. Maybe because I love a good book or a compelling story. Maybe because I am drawn into characters, setting and plot. Or maybe because I just marvel at the creativity of the storyteller.
The Grand Story is the true story of the Gospel--that Jesus is God and became Emmanuel to be with us and for us in our yuck and filth and mess and incredible need. He became death for us to give us LIFE. It's a story that has unlikely characters, a surprising setting, and an unsettling plot--that God would really give us something we don't deserve, can't earn, and desperately need. A gift. The greatest gift that continually gives us what our hearts truly hunger and crave. A relationship with the Great Storyteller, love for His people, and new meaning and purpose in life--in His story.