I was relieved to know her department head is a kindred spirit when I saw this on his office door:
Why should I feel so at ease? Quite simply, storytellers understand things about life that others often miss. Storytellers see and feel things, sometimes empathetic to a fault. But since I know Doc Hensley, I'm certain she's in good hands. Jesus was a storyteller after all. His parables helped people to see things in a new light, to apply wisdom where there was darkness. Before the printing press and word processor, there was oral tradition. Have you ever heard yourself say in a conversation--"go ahead, you tell it better." We have a sense that some people are gifted to tell the stories, and I believe that's true whether recounting a real life story or made up stuff. Haven't you ever "told stories" to children? Don't you remember begging at bedtime--"tell me a story!" And the best stories are better when told, and retold, cementing them deeper in our souls and spirits.
So why do we make up stuff? And why do we love to read stuff that is made up?
Because it inspires us. To remember. To love deeper. To believe harder. To hope more. To pray more often. To be something for someone. To feel that someone might understand just a flicker of our own story, even if we've never told it to anyone.
Stories change us.
Tell me a story.