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Someone asked me this week if I was an author. He looked like he really wanted to know, and so I nodded. Turns out, he wanted to know because he also has an amazing story to share. Through English that’s way better than any foreign language I speak, but still a little difficult to follow, he started telling me about hiding from Communists when he was eight years old, and being forced into the jungle with his parents where they created rough shelters (“houses, no, not houses”) to live in. If they hadn’t fled, they would have all been killed.
When he was eleven, he told his parents he couldn’t live like that anymore and decided to go to America in a boat with a relative. It sounds like he drifted for days at sea before he reached some kind of help. Eventually, he made it to this country where he so gratefully has “everything–a happy life, a happy family, a house, a job.” His kids are in college, and he wants them to have a better future.
It’s easy to forget what we have here in the United States, easy to take it for granted. But what struck me the most this week was that because I am an “author,” and I have shared a story that was on my heart, he wanted to share with me the story that was on his heart. He wants to share his story with his kids some day. What a beautiful, unexpected blessing to hear a part of it!
John 1:1 says that “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” If we are made in God’s image, as the Bible also tells us (Gen. 1:27), then isn’t it natural to have a “word”–our stories–to share with others?
What story do you have to share? Who needs to hear it? It’s a priceless gift!
For friends new to this blog, I post an article on Sundays on themes in the novels: faith, friendship, diversity, etc.”Wednesday’s Word” is a weekly Bible audio clip that rotates between Genesis, Luke and Psalms. Occasionally, I post “Wednesday’s Word to the Free,” a short Bible passage on what it means to be free. Freedom is a very big concern to Timley Mouse, the tiniest character in my novel, Sophie’s Quest.
Notice: Wednesday’s Word is taking a bit of a hiatus so that I can be editing and otherwise preparing for the book launch in June. See you this summer!
The Sunday posts will continue on their regular schedule as long as I am able!