We all have resurrection stories. My ninth-grade English teacher, Ms. Heath, emphasized that for a story to have an impact, it must include:

1. A clear introduction, including who, what, when, and where

2. A middle, relaying an unfolding of events

3. A conclusion, answering the question, “with what theme do you want to leave your listeners?”

Use these categories to fill in the blanks and tell your narrative, because for a story to have merit, it must be shared. Allow your memory to open those doors which you shut years ago. Immerse yourself into the grief in that closed-up room. Feel the pain, anxiety, and betrayal. Cry buckets of tears. Only then, write your words or speak them.

As long as your story remains buried, it will continue to fester and spread its pain. Bring your story into the light. Name it for what it is. Walk out of that grave of despair with your mind clear and your heart resolute on healing. In the telling, in the sharing, you emerge no longer alone, but part of the family of resurrected survivors.

Just as Jesus’ followers recognized his identity and presence on the road to Emmaus in Luke chapter 24, after they had told each other their stories of the last few days, you too can recognize God’s work in your own life as you tell your story. Be resurrected!



Have you shared your resurrection story?

Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. They said to one another, “Did we not feel our hearts on fire as he talked with us on the road and explained the scriptures?”

Luke 24: 31-32

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