Jesus loved to get a point across through telling stories. We usually call them parables. When I was a child, I was taught that a parable is an earthly story with a heavenly meaning. I suppose that’s not such a bad description. I know I like to hear a good story, and the message seems to stick with me better if it’s wrapped in a plot with interesting characters or surprising twists and turns. So, maybe its good for us to borrow this teaching style that Jesus so often used to get his points across.
On Sunday at East Point, I’ll preach a contemporary parable that will hopefully help people to identify with an age-old truth: God’s people are free to share every thought and emotion with Him. Our story/parable/sermon will focus on an imaginary lady named Lilly and entries from her diary that allow us to peer into the ups and downs of her life. Hers is an interesting story that may catch us off guard at times but that, I hope, will ultimately encourage us to open up and let God into every recess of our complicated lives.
May God give you a good remainder of the week!