To me it feels like the beginning of a much larger phenomenon. The best kind of crazy madness. Hundreds of passionate believers who had crossed the land to bask in the glow of their own redemptive story were once again surprised by just how powerful that story is. I know I was surprised.
But really, let’s be honest, we are surprised only because we tend to forget just how powerful our own redemptive history is.
The dancers eloquently wove a tale of the Great Romance and Teeleh’s seduction of the maiden; of Justin’s wooing and of drowning in red waters all culminating in a wedding right there on stage. It was stunning, beautiful.
The story tellers made us laugh with their antics and wowed us with the opening to Green. I acted out my own story, ‘The Birth of a Storyteller,’ or ‘Ted’s Schizophrenic Meltdown’ whichever you prefer. Mike Hyatt opened our eyes to the power of story. More, much more. It was all a bit daunting.
But what really made the day magical was the story behind each of these dramatic elements. The irresistible connection we each have with our Creator. The tale of rescue that has captivated each of us and which we are now retelling a hundred different ways.
This is what makes the Gathering magical. This is why so many would spend hundreds to come for a one day event. This reconnection to an intoxicating story that determines the fate of our very souls. The media was there, they were blown away, but why should they be? God’s story is mind boggling!
Me? I’m just there to lead others through it. To participate in the story with everyone else. I am not the story, only the storyteller. The Gathering is about you, your story, your Creator’s story, and experiencing that story is priceless.
If I’m being too bold, forgive me, but I would say that the Gathering was a stunning event that tens of thousands would clamber to experience and one day they may have that opportunity. But it is only so because of you. Because of those who came. Readers who get it. Who love it. Who are as strange as me and love their own strangeness because it is a unique expression of God’s love. Together we really are breaking new ground, forming a new kind of dramatic experience, but it is based on the oldest of all stories and because of this we have an unfair advantage!
Thank you so much for coming. For sharing this experience with me. I was deeply touched.
If you were there, I would for you to post a few short words about what this Gathering meant to you or your family. Post your experience below, and let our community know what you thought.