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    by  • April 14, 2016 • grace, incarnation, poetry • 5 Comments

    A pilgrimage is a journey set in a story.
    Paul Elie, interview for On Being (as best I can remember the quote)

    narrative

    I love to tell the story
    says the old hymn—
    not I love to tell the
    doctrine; we do well to
    read in the beginning
    as another way of saying
    once upon a time.
    like frederick said faith is
    not so far away from
    the willing suspension
    of disbelief, which is to say
    being willing to trust
    the story of mangers and
    miracles of prophets
    and parables, of golden
    calves and broken folks,
    is to find ourselves grabbing
    at coats in the crowd,
    or waiting for help by
    the troubled waters
    and struggling a bit
    when he turns and asks,
    do you want to get well?

    Peace,
    Milton

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    5 Responses to narrative

    1. Christy Fesisto
      April 15, 2016 at 7:01 am

      Beautiful.

    2. David R
      April 15, 2016 at 10:13 am

      In our church, at the end of the scripture reading, the reader says, “These are our sacred stories.” The congregation says, “Thanks be to God.” It reminds us that we are gathered together to hear, think about, learn from, and sometimes live out those stories.

    3. Peggy Post
      April 15, 2016 at 2:45 pm

      How wonderful, how marvelous. So touching Milton. Thank you from the bottom of my heart

    4. Kate Fite
      April 15, 2016 at 5:26 pm

      So much said; so few words. What a gift!

    5. Kay
      April 16, 2016 at 9:36 pm

      Milton! Amazing, your words are rich and comforting– that we all ‘struggle a bit’. Thank you Milton.

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