Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Story

This is Blain Hogan's monologue from the Story conference:


What will you tell them?
What story will you tell the world?
The one where you win?
Or the one where you lost it all?
Will you show them your beauty and your glory and your fancy clothes?
Or will you show them the mud and dirt that stains the outside of your sleeve?
Will you tell of your hopes and your dreams and the goodness you have seen?
Or will you tell them of the darkness you’ve created with your own hands?
If you do not tell them both
If you don’t tell them the whole story
If you don’t tell them all that you have seen
They will never believe you 
Now what about what you haven’t seen?
Will you tell them of the angels / those messengers of the Lord?
Will you tell them of the invisible kingdom?
Will you tell them of the unseen God?
Will you tell them of the unseen beauty inside their own neighborhoods?
The unseen beauty inside their own hearts?
The unseen beauty waiting to explode from their broken places?
Listen to me
A New Creation has occurred and we are all asked to participate in it
It / is / unseen
So don’t compare your religion and their religion, your rites and their rites, your prophets and their prophets
All this is of no avail
We only want for you to tell them all that you have seen and all that you have not
Tell them that here and there in the world
And now and then in ourselves
Is a New Creation
For the kingdom is now and not yet
Make them feel what you have felt
Sing for them what you have heard
Tell them everything you have and have not seen
For the kingdom is now and not yet
For the kingdom is seen and unseen
Here and there in the world
And now and then in ourselves
Is a New Creation
For the kingdom is now and not yet
For the kingdom is seen and unseen
And you must tell them all about it
This is the Story

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