As whimsical as it sounds, God has chosen to primarily reveal himself to us through the vehicle of story. Story is at the heart of Scripture, and it is in the story of Jesus – God himself – the Alpha and Omega, Beginning and End – where we find and make sense of our own stories. If we’re honest, we recognize ourselves in the many eccentric, often idiotic characters of the Bible; we are self-protecting like Peter, we want control like Eve, we are wayward like the prodigal son, and we are every bit as fickle and impatient and unbelieving as the Israelites. But what we see over and over again in the Word is an almighty, all-powerful, all-loving God, who does all the heavy-lifting for his weak and errant people. This thread of grace is woven throughout the pages of Scripture, and it is the unbreaking theme in our own lives that carries us one day to the next: we are an unlovable people who – by the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, his story – are inexplicably called beloved by the God of the universe.
As we countdown to our 10th anniversary conference, we’ll be featuring stories of grace on our blog. This series is a very personal one to those of us who have been with Rooted for a while. Our ten-year journey as a ministry is only one that can be understood through hunger for the Gospel and the generosity of God with his beautiful grace. It’s the story of unlikely travelers embarking on an unknown journey filled with many triumphs and failures – and being blown away at God’s grace every step of the way.
Our prayer is that as you read these stories of grace, you’ll come to see your own story in the light of God’s grace. And that you, too, will be awakened afresh to the grace of God in your own lives, and to anticipate together with all God’s people the adventures that lie ahead!
Stories of Grace
Finding Our Stories in the Story of Grace, by Mark Howard
How Near-Expulsion Brought Me Close to Jesus by Greg Meyer
What’s In A Name? by Anne Sanford