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Creative Work

Praying the Story

Roberta Porter

A goal of Bible study is not only to know more about the Bible, but also to let the scripture change us. Sometimes, as I read, I place myself in the story, as one in need:

Jesus called the disciples.
Will I follow?
What must I leave behind?

Jesus healed the paralytic.
What in me needs to be forgiven
so that I can walk freely?
Who are the friends to help me?

Jesus told the story of a prodigal.
What am I wasting?
Do I recognize the greatness of God’s love?
How do I respond?

Reading the stories
and praying them
shows us that, by God’s grace,
we can begin to live them.

—from devozine (May/June 1999). Copyright © 1999 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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