Growing up we hear the big stories of a country or people. Americans learn about George Washington, the young boy chopping down the cherry tree and the brave general leading his troops across the Delaware River. Brits hear of the appetites of King Henry the Eighth and the courage of Sir Winston Churchill. Chinese recount majestic and enchanting tales of the Ming dynasty. So we learn our people are truth-tellers, full of dogged perseverance, or graced with ageless wisdom.
We also learn and live smaller stories– the tale of a family we love, a child we raise, or a pizza place we share with a friend. These personally-sized stories help us find our voice and make sense of who we are.
This new series combines wisdom from the book of James—specifically his wisdom about prayer—with the timeless and practical prayer of the book of Psalms. There are stories in the psalms, written in the superscriptions (the small type above the actual psalms) and in the psalms themselves. And we resonate with these stories. Hearing them we understanding why a diverse people like Bono and Kanye West, Leonard Bernstein and Abraham Lincoln, Bob Marley and Winston Churchill, all turn to the psalms to learn about and implement prayer…
If you missed last Sunday’s sermon, catch it online at www.granitesprings.org or on I-tunes. We continue the series this Sunday with a “Prayer for the Troubled.”