Stories at Westside
“To be a person is to have a story to tell.” – Isak Dinesen
“I’ll let you in on the sweet old truths, Stories we heard from our fathers, counsel we learned at our mother’s knee. We’re not keeping this to ourselves, we’re passing it along to the next generation—God’s fame and fortune, the marvelous things he has done.” -Psalm 78:2-4
From the beginning of time, in every culture, and in every age, stories have been told. Through the vulnerability and courage storytelling requires, humanity is deeply united as walls are torn down. Stories have the ability to challenge, inspire, encourage, and amuse in ways that nothing else can. We all love a good story. As we share the raw aspects of our stories, we invite people into the authentic and exposed places of ourselves. The truth is as Christ-followers, our individual, small stories are the very thread woven by God into the beautiful Story of redemption and relationship that He is writing. Our stories matter most when we lift our eyes to a God who is inviting us to play a role in His grand, eternal adventure. His Story is written everyday amidst His people. People who are walking earth’s sod and seeing Him move. Grace abounds, healing restores, and needs are miraculously met as God works on behalf of those who call on His name. The stories of His workings are endless. And yet, so few are told.
What if we truly understood the God-ordained power of stories, of sharing the seemingly small or insignificant ripples of God’s work in our lives? Loosed to the world around us, what might those stories do? I believe our stories have the potential to connect us in deeper ways than we could imagine. To deliver the gift of being known. Sharing our stories allows truth to echo louder than the threatening voice of the Enemy. Where our faith feels shaky, they will shore us up, providing new strength. As we find ourselves on life’s unexpected terrain, stories shared become guideposts of hope calling us further on. Stories have power. I believe that everyone has a story worth telling. A voice that deserves to be heard.
Stirred by these beliefs, we are launching Stories at Westside as a safe and inspiring place for the stories of our community to be shared. We have gathered as creatives with a desire to tell your stories in unique, artistic and anointed way. We believe that your stories are sacred. The Story Team exists to serve as storytellers, releasing your voice to a world that needs to hear it. As we set out into this new season, we are thrilled at the thought of what these stories might do. So gather your courage, think on what God has done, and let your story be told.
Check out the latest Stories and submit your story at westsidechurch.org/stories.