Friends General Conference

Nurturing faith and Quaker practice

The Necessary, Amazing Power of Story

Meeting Resource
Michael Gibson, Woodbury Meeting, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting | 6/21/12

Story is how we share who we are with those we love the most. We tell and listen to stories of the ordinary and the extraordinary. We delight in stories of cherished moments. We record and catalog them in words and photographs. People of all ages hunger for stories. We may ask, “What did you do at school today,” or “how was the wedding,” or “what did you do on your vacation?” Families that tell their stories are blest. The family with a rich store of tales going back many years is truly fortunate. As creatures who live in time and space, we cannot avoid story; our lives are stories, and they are wonderful ones. Through telling our stories we relive past experiences, remember emotions, and discover and reinforce the substance of our lives. Through story we find and articulate who we are.