So take seriously the story that God has given you to live. It’s time to read your own life, because your story is the one that could set us all ablaze.
– To Be Told, Dan Allender
As we share our stories, engage our stories, and begin to partner with God in the restoration of our stories, we experience an increasing measure of what Saint Paul scandalously discloses in Romans 8:
None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us. (8:38-39 MSG)
Though beautiful promises of the Father’s heart saturate the Scriptures, there is perhaps no promise greater than the bottom-line reality that his affection wins.
His love gets the last word.
And all will be made new in the light of this love.
Tommy Colwell is 81 years old—and still courageously consenting to his masculine initiation. He has become an elder, a son, and a sage. Come along into Part 1 of this series and receive Tommy’s story as nourishment and validation, as it mirrors the narrative arc of our own initiation.
For the Kingdom,