Spiritual Practice


Craig Mitchell

I had a dream: The world was full of walking, talking books. These books didn’t sit in libraries, seldom opened and gathering dust. They wandered the world, telling tales to anyone who would listen.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. … The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. … And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. John 1:1, 9-10, 14 (NRSV)

Some books were quite open, sharing with any reader, any time. Their sagas of joy or sorrow were spoken wide, an invitation to step inside. Other books were more discreet, their treasures told falteringly like secrets revealed only to a trusted friend. And some, it seemed, were unwilling to be opened. Imagine that! A book off-limits to readers!

These books had arms and legs, heads and hands, hearts and minds, because they were living, breathing people. Each person in the world was a legend being lived, an unfinished adventure—not only a personal biography but a kind of God-story, a whisper of a greater Living Word.

In Jesus, the story of God was revealed and hidden. People glimpsed the true nature of God and God’s purpose, yet many didn’t really see or hear. The Living Word from the dawn of Creation came to us as Jesus of Nazareth, who was raised to reign as Lord of all. Christ is the heart of God’s salvation story, beginning to end. The story of our lives and all Creation is gathered up in his story. All our moments and days are best seen within the unfolding drama of God as Creator, Redeemer, and Reconciler of everything.

What if our lives are like a story being told by God to the world? What if we are living, breathing mini-Gospels? Like the apostles in the book of Acts, with an extraordinary tale to tell, with words about The Word to share. Not seeking to be The Story of God, but to be murmurs of the good news of God’s love and grace.

What story of God’s goodness will you tell today? With whom will you share it?



Reflect on the lyrics of “This is Our Story,” a song I wrote with my friend Tim. Consider the ways you have seen your life connected with God’s story. Then express these connections in your journal as a poem, a story, a prayer, or a song.

For 25 years, devozine has shared stories of people’s lives and the bigger Story of God. We have heard testimonies from one another and the Bible—chapters of struggle and hope, brokenness and healing, being lost and found. We’ve pondered and prayed, laughed and cried, felt empty and filled; we’ve become more open to living by the Spirit who speaks The Story of God to us and through us.

I am grateful for the ministry of devozine to several generations of young people and for those who have gathered life-giving words and images to invite us into the ongoing story of God’s grace. As a reader and writer, I have been blessed by this wonderful journey. I hope you have as well.

May our lives continue to tell God’s Story.

Craig Mitchell has been a contributor to devozine and to the Guide for Mentors and Small Groupsdevozine.

—from devozine (January/February 2020). Copyright © 2019 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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