2 Timothy 3:16-17
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
When I was a child, I had several books which I read multiple times. Why? Because the stories and the characters were genuine, compelling, and they touched me deeply and indescribably. What were those novels? Charlotte's Web, The Hobbit, and The Chronicles of Narnia. In my childhood, they were, to me, the greatest stories ever told.
And, if you've read The Glade Series, I'm sure you can detect the influence these beloved books and authors had on me. What with the talking animals, the mystery, the adventure, and the underlying Christian themes, their inspiration becomes clear, though my writing voice is, indeed, my own.
When my first novel in the series, A Trip, a Tryst, and a Terror was released, I recall hoping with all my heart that it would become a favorite story in the hearts of others. One which they wished to return to and reread countless times over. That was my hope.
That was my prayer . . .
So, imagine my utter delight when I recently receive the following comment from my friend, Mary, on my Facebook page, The Glade Series.
After months of savoring it, I finally finished "The Moment of Truth"! It was spectacular!! You truly are a gifted writer! The characters became my friends and, at the end, I was sad to close the book and see them all go!!! To me, that's a sign of an amazing book!! Please, please keep writing, sweetie!!
Could any writer anywhere not be overjoyed and overwhelmed by such a vote of confidence? I know I am beside myself at Mary's generous, heartfelt praise. Will she reread the series to hook back up with her new friends? I do hope so!
And, what is it one is truly seeking when drawn to reread anything, be it fiction or non-fiction? Do we identify with a particular character? Are we in need of a good laugh, or a cry? Or, are we so moved by the story's content that we simply must embark upon that journey one more time?
That's how I feel every time I read the Bible. I can come across the same passages, the familiar words, the engaging stories, the hard lessons, the evidence of God's love, again and again and again, and never grow weary of them. In fact, each time I reread, it seems God reveals something deeper and more meaningful than ever I could envision.
God, the consummate Story Teller, meets me where I am and carries me forward. His stories renew me. Lead me. Heal me.
Make me whole . . .
I'll continue to read and reread for my lifetime the Greatest Story ever told.
How about you? Will you continue to let God's stories speak to you, time and time again?
Will you pray with me?
Father in Heaven, we thank You today for the Scriptures You have given us, equipping us for every good work in Your name. My we immerse ourselves daily in Your Word, and grow in righteousness because of Your lessons and love. Amen.