One glance at our name, and it’s no surprise that storytelling is something we highly value at Story & Soul. Each year at our retreat, we choose an image from scripture and use it to tell the big story—the metanarrative—of the Bible. We truly believe that God’s story is what makes all other stories worth telling, and it’s our prayer that women would come away from the weekend saying, “Look what God has done!”
Watch this video for a glimpse into this past year’s theme, The Story of Hunger. Subscribe to our emails to be the first to know when the digital download of this storytelling worship session with Caroline Saunders is available!
An excerpt and scripture list from our 2016 story is below. To read the story in full, click here.
“God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. And God saw that the light was good.’” From the third verse in the Bible, light and goodness intersect. Later in the Gospel of John, we learn that not only did God create literal light, but that He himself is symbolically light—that by which we see all things.
We were created to be in this light, to bask in it, to live our lives in its warmth. To string it up along our Christmas trees, to reflect on its illumination and realize that God is every bit as good as He claims to be. Light reminds us that he’s good, that he provides, that he’s powerful. After all, he just spoke, and there it was—light. Is there anything more powerful than that?
But as with any story, that’s only the beginning. Darkness crept in, the way it always creeps in: When we doubt God’s light-creating words. We see it first in the Garden of Eden: Satan whispers to Eve, “Did God really say…” Eve wondered—did God really mean what he said? Is God holding out on me? Is God really good?
Adam and Eve sinned, and the sin changed everything. Instead of basking in light, sin made them want to hide: “They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God” (Genesis 3:8). And so it started: hiding, shame, separation. We were created to be with him, to live in his light, but the sin divides things that are meant to be together. Cast out of the garden, Adam and Eve found themselves away from the one true light, plunged into darkness…
If you want to become better acquainted with the symbol of light and how it presents the gospel story within scripture, here is a list of the primary scripture references used in The Story of Light: