a holy story.

The Inward/Outward blog is like taking a drink of fresh lemonade. Like walking into an air-conditioned room after finally finding a parking spot. Like splashing cold water on your face after a run.

Like hearing Christ’s whisper in the midst of life’s noise.

We have it in us to be Christs to each other and maybe in some unimaginable way to God too. We have it in us to work miracles of love and healing as well as to have them worked upon us.

We have it in us to bless with him and forgive with him and heal with him and once in a while maybe even to grieve with some measure of his grief at another’s pain and to rejoice with some measure of his rejoicing at another’s joy almost as if it were our own.

And who knows but that in the end, by God’s mercy, the two stories will converge for good and all, and though we would never have had the courage or the faith or the wit to die for him any more than we have ever managed to live for him very well either, his story will come true in us at last.

And in the meantime, this side of Paradise, it is our business (not, like so many, peddlers of God’s word but as men and women of sincerity) to speak with our hearts (which is what sincerity means) and to bear witness to, and live out of, and live toward, and live by, the true word of his holy story as it seeks to stammer itself forth through the holy stories of us all.

~ Frederick Buechner

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