Sustenance for the archives+: Common

Sustenance from the archives+ (27)

Most stories have several things in common. It does not matter whether they are true stories or of the Hans Christian Andersen variety with princes, and dragons. And princesses who are saved by princes from dragons (animals or evil, dragon like people). Or princesses who find some way to save themselves or the prince.

What stories have in common are a plot, a beginning, an in-between with twists and turns, and an end. Some leave me with a smile on my face and others have me wanting back the hours I wasted reading it. But we all know that is not possible, regaining time that is.

Another thing common to stories is there is also an author for each story. Stories do not just appear out of nowhere.

I think about my own story and the One who is writing it. I think of how, through the psalmist-king David (what a story he had!), in Psalm 139, He speaks of my beginning – “You knit me together in my mother’s womb … all the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be” (verses 13 and 16).

Father, I do not always understand each chapter but I want to collaborate with You where You want me to and not have too many parts included in my story that You never intended to be there.

Today’s post is for Day 23 of the series, “Sustenance from the archives+,” that is part of the 31 Days Free Writes writing challenge. The prompt is, “Common.” The original version of this post was published on August 2, 2013, as “Five Minute Friday: Story.” To read Day 22’s post please click on the link below.

Day 22: Help




Five Minute Friday: Common (& an update)


Happy Veterans Day. Thank you to our veterans.

I am joining Kate Motaung and other members of the Five Minute Friday community for our weekly writing adventure. To learn about Five Minute Friday, please click here. This week’s prompt is, “Common.”

“One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” These words make up the last phrase of The Pledge of Allegiance. I am thinking of these words as I wrestle with the fresh aftermath of the 2016 presidential elections in the USA.

“One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” I think of these words and of the fact that the recent elections have been described as the most divisive, among other terms, in US history.

I think of these words and our recent elections, and I think also of some of the lyrics from the song, “Love in any language.”

We teach the young our differences
Yet look how we’re the same
We love to laugh to dream our dreams
We know the sting of pain. …

Oh, maybe when we realize
How much there is to share
We’ll find too much in common
To pretend it isn’t there

Differences are easy to see and are too often devalued or seen as deficits. But we have much in common and need to remind ourselves of this truth. And may what we have in common, such as our shared humanity and our desperate, daily need for God be the focus of our attention, instead of our differences.



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