The Brokenness In Our Stories

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“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.  We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)

Stories. They are all around us in life; both the stories of others and the ones we carry within us.  I recently read this post from a blog series entitled, “31 Days of The Word Made Flesh.”  It really spoke to me about how to share our stories well. Here is my favorite excerpt from the post:

“The truth is that through our stories, we are God’s Word embodied and made Flesh in this world. And there are days that we probably want to take our stories, with their brokenness and pack them away like they were never unleashed in the first place. But the beauty is that God takes those cracks and makes them beautiful. Those cracks remind us of the power of God’s love, grace, mercy, and forgiveness in each of our lives…
Our stories, full of their own cracks and brokenness, remind us always of who and whose we are. Our stories break open into the world bringing about God’s Word right here in this broken messed up world. And I don’t know about you, but I take comfort in knowing that God created us each for a specific calling and purpose.”

I am a fairly private person and so the decision to share parts of my story here on this blog was not an easy one for me.  Which I think is why the following part of the quote was so important for me to hear: “And there are days that we probably want to take our stories, with their brokenness and pack them away like they were never unleashed in the first place. But the beauty is that God takes those cracks and makes them beautiful. Those cracks remind us of the power of God’s love, grace, mercy, and forgiveness in each of our lives.”

These words made an impact because this is so true on both sides of the spectrum – both in the sharing and the receiving of stories.  It can be difficult to know when and how to share about the broken places in our lives with others and yet I also know how grateful and blessed I have felt when people have entrusted me with such areas from their lives.

In her post, the blogger tells how it took her 18 years to finally share the hardest part of her story with others.  Yet, once she did, this was her revelation:

“I have realized that there is a power that comes in telling our stories. Brene Brown says, “The bravest thing you’ll ever do is tell your story.”
In sharing our stories, there is such holiness in unwrapping and breaking open our stories; full of their own brokenness and beauty into this world. There is holiness in knowing that one is not alone in this world. There is holiness in sharing our stories because in sharing our stories, we live out the power of God’s words in our lives. In other words, by telling our stories, we embody the word made flesh in this world.”

Unwrapping both brokenness and beauty. A holiness in the knowing and the sharing. Embodying the word becoming flesh in this world.  All are such powerful word-pictures for me!

Yet I wonder just how well we integrate these items into our lives? Specifically, how well do I do this in my own life?  Therefore, over the next little while, may we be able to take time to simply sit with this question on our hearts.  And, more importantly, may we then have the courage to both share and receive brokenness in order that the power of “God’s love, grace, mercy and forgiveness” can become more evident around us.

**I’m linking up with Holley Gerth’s Coffee For Your Heart today.  Click on the image below to find other great posts in the linkup too!**

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