Probably it's because we're on deadline and we're thinking about our stories and your stories and the redemptive thread that ties us all together. It must be that, because everywhere I turn, I every click of the mouse, every conversation overheard, every movie I finally go see and, yes, cry within five minutes of sitting down ... It's all Story. I can't escape it.
Lend me your hand and we'll conquer them all.
But lend me your heart and I'll just let you fall.
Lend me your eyes I can change what you see.
But your soul you must keep totally free.
There are people I know, people I love, whose stories have been interrupted by Story, and they are writing something big with their lives.
Gretchen at Lifenut: Her family encountered something life-changing in the face of life-ending. The heart of their family burns collectively white hot in this moment for those who are hungry and those who are homeless. Winter will bear down on Colorado soon. Can you spare some change? This change will fill tummies pierced with want.
Carrien at She Laughs at the Days: The heartbeat of The Charis Project is beating fast. They are on mission to build a self-sustaining orphanage in Southeast Asia. She writes:
So we use that orphanage to change the community. We help it to establish businesses that provide an income to take care of the children and also provide jobs and resources to the surrounding community. We hire villagers to work in the businesses, things like farming, producing traditional handcrafts, microfinance, clean water and energy, and entrepreneurial education.
But it's crunch time. I wonder if part of your story is holding off on a few pumpkin spice lattes so you could invest $10 in The Charis Project. The time is now.
Jen Hatmaker: Writing honestly (so so so honestly) about what is happening in her family post-adoption After the Airport. But it's not just her family's story. We all live out that Story crescendo in some way, but what happens when the concert hall of support has gone home?
Alise Wright & Civitas Press: I'm (obviously) a huge fan of the work that Civitas publishes. It is redemptive work and I am humbled to tears to be part of it. Alise Wright is heading up a new project there - Not Afraid: Stories of Finding Significance. Maybe your story should fill those pages, too? Read about it and maybe this is where your Story finds print.
In that peek inside my planner above, it's easy to see how just one woman's day fills so quickly. On any given day, we are all just swamped. All of us. But all around us, Story is being written. Never, oh never forget that. Your story and the Grand Story. Stop. Listen. Contribute.
It's only your legacy that is at stake.
* selected lyrics from Mumford & Sons Awake My Soul which Sarah made me start singing last week and I haven't stopped since ...