Big Stories and Little Lies

8 thoughts on “Big Stories and Little Lies”

  1. Thank you, as always, Jake, for a moving and insightful post. Nearing the end of it, I couldn’t help but think of a photo making the rounds on social media. It shows a drag queen sitting comfortably next to an older woman in a burqa on the subway, with the tag line “This is the future wanted by liberals.” Instead of it bothering me at all, though, the photo inspires me. I think it’s just the kind of future that God intends for us: living together in harmony, as members of the same body of Christ.

    Peace!

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    1. I haven’t seen that photo yet. I’ll keep my eyes peeled as I make my way to the House of Bishops meeting in Kanuga today. Thanks for reading so faithfully, Andrew! Let’s keep praying for God’s intended harmony.

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  2. I really enjoy your posts and this one was especially great for me because you totally threaded the needle on some of the Bible stories I don’t know well enough to connect the dots on. You may want to think about writing a book called “Bible Backstories” – seriously. I can see more clearly the complex relationships and motivations because of your story telling skills (I like Ruth even more now) – great simple language with a dose of humor. Just as I begin to laugh judgmentally at your casting of Daddy Dearest, and get grossed out by the very bizarre incest story – bam, I’m in that too. We all are. We are all part of this larger story – we can’t take scissors to it and just cut out the distasteful parts. Thank you and well done!

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    1. Timi, these are such kind, encouraging words! Thank you for reading with humor, curiosity, and insight. As it turns out, I’m putting the final touches on a manuscript for my next book. I’m tentatively calling it Your Untold Story: Tales of a Child of God. If the publisher likes it well enough I’m sure the editor will help me make many improvements, including the title! Thanks again for reading and reaching out with this comment. I look forward to hearing more from you.

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  3. First of all, I enjoy your thoughtful, perceptive posts. They always inform and give pause for thought. This post was particularly thought provoking. Parts of my childhood and particularly my adolescent years were painful and unpleasant. Unpleasant to recall and certainly too unpleasant to recount. Therefore my descriptions of my early home life are always edited, stylized to avoid particulars. Is this wrong? I don’t know. It isn’t lying but it is a deliberate avoidance of reality. I believe that some truths should not have to be relived. They are in the past. Forgiveness has been achieved, fullfilling our Christian mandate to do so. Many of us would prefer to pictorially or verbally edit the past to present a better story than was ever there.

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    1. Wendy, thank you for walking with me through the reflections I offer. And I’m especially appreciative of your thoughtful, honest response. It saddens me to hear that your past–especially your childhood and adolescence–were so painful. I don’t know what you went through or how you felt, but I can relate. Each of us will come to terms with our wonunds in different ways. As you’ve read in my posts, I process them (come to understanding, forgive, repent) by writing. Some things have taken me years to face. Others I’m still dealing with. And yet others are either just too tender to share or too harsh to be helpful for sharing to prove helpful to others. At least, that’s how I approach it right now. However you sort through your past is your own and will bear fruit. It’s hard work for me. I imagine it is for you too. My desire for you is that you experience yourself as the beloved child of God that you are. If my reflections have caused wounded you (growth pains aside), I am genuinely sorry. Blessings…..

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