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Every Friday I join a community of bloggers for Five Minute Friday. One word prompt, five minutes. Unedited. The prompt this week is … Story.

I sit, or stand, and listen to their stories. It’s a gift I embrace each time they share a story from the past. My parents are in their 80’s, relatively healthy, minds intact, and their stories bless me as they give a glimpse to the way life was lived years ago. They bring a depth of wisdom and insight not always seen in our society today.

It’s wisdom and insight gleaned from their eighty-eight years of life.

Story is defined as “a narrative, either true or fictitious, in prose or verse, designed to interest, amuse, or instruct the hearer or reader” (from It further includes the definition “tale.”

But these are not tales and neither are they fiction. This is real life, lived out in the nitty gritty of years of challenges and changes.

The stories come from varied stages of their lives – from home, church, work, and family. The stories have one thing in common, in the moral of the story – Jesus.

Their strength, endurance, and perseverance came from their faith;
and they are living to tell the story.


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