“We’re the people.”

Grapes of Wrath

I just got back from a Sunday evening service which centered around several individuals and their life stories. Mennonites might not get all fancy about literary narratives, but we do love a good life story. Especially if it involves deep sorrow and ultimate triumph over adversity.

Several takeaways from tonight:

1) Most people cry while telling their story.

2) We are insignificant and epic at the same time.

3) You probably don’t know the person sitting next to you in church.

4) Stories are everywhere, tucked away in the unlikeliest of places.

5) The common person’s story needs to be told. The janitor, the cafeteria cook, bus driver, the landscaper, and farmer.

(Photo and quote from Grapes of Wrath movie.)

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3 Responses to “We’re the people.”

  1. Shari says:

    Wait. You’re blogging again? I had given up checking.


    So you should tell some of the stories. 🙂

  2. josh nisley says:

    I know I should. But the only way to bring the blog back from the cold, pitiless brink is to stick with the “in passing” part of the subtitle. Weekly, one-sentence installments might work.

  3. Becca says:

    It makes me happy to think of a church doing this, taking the time to know each others’ stories.

    Also, what Shari said about you blogging.

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