In Leap Over a Wall: Earthly Spirituality for Everyday Christians, Eugene Peterson beautifully fleshes out the importance of story with regards to the story of David in the Old Testament. He writes:
The David story is the most extensively narrated single story in this large story. We know more about David than any other person in the Holy Scripture. As we tell and listen to the David story, we’re at the same time being trained in the nature of story itself as the primary literary form for receiving God’s revelation. The reason that story is so basic to us is that life itself has a narrative shape – a beginning and end, plot and characters, conflict and resolution. Life isn’t an accumulation of abstractions such as love and truth, sin and salvation, atonement and holiness; life is the realization of details that all connect organically, personally, specifically: names and fingerprints, street numbers and local weather, lamb for supper and a flat tire in the rain. God reveals himself to us not in the metaphysical formulation or cosmic fireworks display but in the kind of stories that we use to tell our children who they are and how to grow up as human beings, tell our friends who we are and what it’s like to be human.
Story is the most adequate way for accounting for our lives, noticing the obscure details that turn out to be pivotal, appreciating the subtle accents of color and form and scent that give texture to our actions and feelings, giving coherence to our meetings and relationships in work and family, finding our precise place in the neighborhood and in history. Story relishes sharp-edged, fresh minted details; but story also discovers and reveals the substrata of meaning and purpose and design implicit in all the details. Small and large are accorded equal dignity and linked together in an easy camaraderie by means of story. (1997, p. 3)
This site was born from admiration of Peterson’s explanation of story and the empowering words of Dr. Shane Wood: “Tell your story – not forgotten, but redeemed.” This site is also born out of God’s endless power and creativity to weave our lives together. He made us compare enough to comfort one another, but contrast enough to sharpen one another. The internet can be a traumatic place for stories, but it can also be a matchless place where people come together to applaud differences, successes, and, most importantly, God’s redeeming power. This redemption gives your story power. Even if you are not where you want to be, the story of your repentant heart has the capability to do incredible things. Let’s sit down and get it out so everyone knows they’re fighting a known battle. May this project be a constant reminder to ourselves that there is a place and a purpose for our stories within God’s story.