The Beauty of Story

Friday February 8, 2013

I do love a good story, don’t you?

My weekly fifth fave, a quote, speaks to that today.

I’m linking up with Susanne at Living to Tell the Story for Friday’s Fave Five, where we recount the week’s blessings.

This week’s favorites for me:

1. The weekend. I do look forward to it. I try not to lose the beauty of the weekday, but that lazy Friday evening beckons, and the Saturday morning pillow calls to me…and I sometimes long for the weekend! (she wrote on a Thursday night…)

2. Poetry. One of my loves, it is. I love to read it and dabble in it. Sunday’s sermon was about the Garden of Eden, and I came home and penned a little verse of my own: A Garden, a Fall, and a Taste of Redemption.

3. Blessings from the past. A year ago, when our son was so badly injured, we rushed to Kentucky. We had been there only one day when I got a call in the hospital room from the parent of a former student – from a number of years ago. They live in Lexington, the city Andrew was hospitalized in, and they heard about his accident and wanted to help. They offered a place to stay, they lent us a car for weeks…they were incredible. They have a physical therapy facility, and now they’re helping Andrew. Such an unexpected blessing. I’m so thankful for people like that.

4. A conversation. I got this one by text from my oldest son this week. It was accompanied by a picture of grandson Aiden on his play phone. My son recounted this:

ME: Who are you talking to, Aiden?
AIDEN: I talk to Grandmom.

Yeah, that’s me. Precious boy.

5. This quote:Stories make us more alive, more human, more courageous, more loving.” (Madeleine L’Engle)

I do love a good story. Story speaks to us like nothing else, I think. It touches something deep inside that mere facts and talk and conversation get nowhere near. And then there’s the one true tale…my favorite.

Wishing you some good stories this week,


Faith said...

Oh I love a good book as well! have you read The Snow Child? (the adult fiction not the children's book, altho that is excellent too!). I'm enjoying the Snow Child. It's fascinating!! And I feel the same way about touches a place that no words can.....

Yay for your grandbaby and yay for helping hands when you're far from home. That WAS a blessing in a difficult time. Enjoy this weekend!!!!

Clella said...

Oh I have done the book thing so many times...can't say which book.
And "talking to grandmom" is the best of al blessings...Clella

Melissa said...

Weekends, YES. Even today feels like a weekend day, because my husband is home from work and we slept in.

How sweet that Aiden talks to you on his play phone! He must really love his Grandmom. :)

Heather said...

Since I started schooling our boys, I love Friday nights and Saturdays! I can stay up later on Friday nights and sleep later on Saturdays. It's so nice!

I love poetry! A favorite writer used to be Robert Frost.

My boys love to talk to my Mom on the phone, it's sweet! Have a great weekend!

Brenda said...

I love a good story as well. And I love hearing other people's stories. And I love hearing how helpful other's are in our lives (#3). God's blessings . . .

ellen b said...

That is such a great blessing from the past. Thanks for sharing that. So cool that they saw a need and helped out. Enjoy your weekend!!

Susanne said...

What a blessing that family was! May we all be like that when we hear of someone facing a crisis! I am very much looking for to the weekend where I hope to be reading a good story for the better part of it!

Jerralea said...

Oh, Laura, love these lines from your poem:

But the verbs of the fall become
Verbs of redemption


What a blessing your friends were when you needed them! Isn't that just like God to orchestrate the events.

Brenda said...

What a blessing for your son. May we all be open to blessing those the Lord puts on our heart!

Karen said...

I love your Friday Faves. I too love the weekends. :)

Gattina said...

It's always so nice when you find people who are so helpful and kind when you are in troubles !

nikkipolani said...

Boy, did you describe me to a T on the first fave -- something about being able to let go if only for a few hours.

Yes, what a blessing to have people care for you (and Andrew!) like this KY couple.

Barbara H. said...

What a blessing that that family you knew was nearby and so willing to be so helpful!

The conversation about Aiden is so sweet. You know he is thinking about you!

I love a good story, too. Somehow it's truths stay with me more than with a "Just the facts. Ma'am" approach.

Amy @ Hope Is the Word said...

What a blessing to have such a generous family in KY to help you in your time of need!

The conversations my children have with their grandparents are sweet from our end, too! :-)

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