While I have been the primary blogger for our little writing group, it was never my intention to be the blogger. As we finalize our book, and are preparing to [finally] get our books published, it seemed appropriate to get some of the other voices from our group on the blog. So here is a post, written by my wonderful Uncle Bob, our very own ‘Man behind the curtain’ (in other words, the one who figures stuff out and gets things done). Enjoy! ~Lindsay
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.”
– I John 5:14
Everyone has a story; stories that are filled with the experiences, thoughts and emotions of our every day life; stories that we tell others and tell ourselves. Stories that are filled with the ups and downs, challenges and struggles, hopes and hurts that characterize life in a 21st Century world that is moving faster and faster each day into uncharted waters.
Over the past six months, Lindsay, one of the Porkie and Pete’s storytellers and my niece, has been filling you in on bits and pieces of our family story. It’s a story of ordinary parents, grandparents, children and grandchildren who face many of the same struggles that you do. It’s a story that was inspired seven years ago when my sister Lori, the other Porkie and Pete storyteller, faced a very dark and difficult time in her life; a time, as she explained it, “When you are living one day at a time because life is so painful, unexpected, and not going the way you had planned.”
When I asked her to explain, she put it this way. “I was five years into my struggle, I was traveling home after dealing with a situation from my own life drama. I was making a ninety mile trip for the third time in one week. I was sad. I was depleted. I was PUSHing for a miracle. I didn’t think that I would make it home because I was so tired I could hardly keep my eyes open. So, I started having a conversation with God. During the rest of the drive I became energized as a story and characters were given to me. I have no other way to explain it. I called Lindsay and began to tell her the story because I didn’t want to forget and I wanted to share.”
When I asked Lori how she made it through those difficult times, she replied, “If you are smart you reach for God. If you are patient and keep PUSHing (Pray Until Something Happens) you will be blessed in ways unimaginable.” And that’s when Lindsay got the call about the story and characters.
“I was amazed when mom called because I had been thinking about a child’s relationship with God after spending some time with one of my young nieces. My niece was learning about God, the Bible, and prayer and had asked me some simple- yet profound- questions on faith. At the exact moment my mother called, I was pondering ways to communicate who God is to a child. I listened to my mother’s idea, went home and started writing, and writing, and writing.”
And that’s how it began. “Hear My Prayer” and the other Porcupine and Moose tales that will follow are stories with a purpose; a purpose of communicating the message of hope that is found in the gospel of Jesus Christ. A message about a loving Father and compassionate, caring Savior, who knows everything about us, cares deeply for us, and wants to be intimately involved in each of our lives. He is a God who will not force Himself on us, but is ready, willing, and available to “Hear our Prayers” and come alongside us and help us if we ask Him too.
Yes, everyone has a story to tell and like the young ones in our family, we want children everywhere to know about the greatest story ever told; about a God who is there for them no matter what they may be facing; a God who cares for them; a God who wants them to understand that He has a plan and purpose for their lives; a God who loves them unconditionally.