Share Your Story

Sunday, March 23

3-23By Lu Mountenay of Independence, Missouri, USA

Then the woman left her water jar and went back to the city. She said to the people, “Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done! He cannot be the Messiah,* can he?” They left the city and were on their way to him.

—John 4:28–30

Yes, the woman at the well shared her story with everyone who would listen. I imagine how excitement shined in her eyes as she remembered Jesus. She invited them to “Come and see…” for themselves. Her animation and excitement ignited the imagination of others. Because of her testimony, “They left the city and were on their way to him (Jesus).” Her story made a difference.

What was different about her testimony and that of orators and sermonizers in the marketplace of the city? Her story came from within. It was not hearsay—she lived it. It was personal.

The difference between bearing our testimony and sharing it may be that we “bear” it like a burden, until we let it fall from our shoulders as we share it. We set it free for the listener to accept or reject. This freedom from having shared does not absolve us from sharing or bearing again and again, according to how we experience life—according to the needs of others.

One also may bare witness, if it has been hidden. Expose it to the world—expose it to the light and reveal God’s love. Strip away the shallow façade and bare what is true and what may be hidden from those who seek the truth. It may be hard to speak or hear, but it may be essential for healing to begin.

So share the story. Bear and bare your testimony. Go to the well where you meet Christ. Cross the street or cross cultural boundaries to share the story within.

Prayer for Peace
God of wisdom, help us listen and respect the stories of those animated with your love and peace.

Spiritual Practice: Vessel for Living Water
Visualize or feel a vessel at the center of your being. Imagine drawing something from the bucket to share with someone. Something clear and cool begins to pour over you. The living water of Christ pours on and in you. Your vessel fills and runs over, blessing your body and soul as you share living water with others.

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will be vulnerable to your community of grace as I share my story.

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