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November 15 , 2009

Among Us

Stories of Worship and Faith


In short, one and two page stories, Among Us by Larry P Morris, takes us into the lives and routines of regular people. 

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                Some of his stories take us into the familiar actions of worship but show them to us from personal and powerful perspectives.  In these stores of worship we walk with people who are struggling and we find new life with them!

                Some of the stories are inspired by the Bible.  These stories open windows that help us see and experience God’s presence for us in these ancient stories.  From Creation to Hagar to the Psalms to Jesus your heart will be enlisted to experience God, again

                Some of the stories look at our holy days and the ways that they become markers for us as we live out the days and years of our lives.  They can give us permission to experience grief, or move on to joy as we live out our individual lives in the midst of our community. 

                Some of the stories are modern day parables. They are stories that revolve around ballet slippers and knives and combines and water and the 23rd Psalm but call us to greater purpose and higher wisdom.

                Some of the stories were written just for fun.  Surely God must have a sense of humor.  So, “The Baby Jesus Got Jacked” is just for fun!

                Some of the stories were written about God’s grace, that gift which surprises us over and over again.  Just we when we think we have it, God is graceful to someone else, someone who we wouldn’t have chosen and our understanding of grace grows.  So In Morris’s stories we are taken to a sandwich shop, a family trauma, a Sunday school teacher, a middle age man going back to college and we find moments of Grace that will sustain our lives.

                Finally, in prayers and stories of prayer, Morris calls on the Spirit to move in our lives and calls on us to open our eyes to the Spirit which is already moving in us.

                Among Us is full of stories that will call us to be alive and to know that God is at work in us.

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