What is a sacred story? Sacred stories are stories that we find compelling. Stories that we lean into. Stories that we find meaningful. Stories that we can listen to, read, watch or tell over and over again. Stories that evoke something: tears, laughter, aha, reaction, reflection, questions. Sacred stories call forth new stories. Stories that seem, somehow, to always be sort of like my own story. I find myself in sacred stories even if, at first take, I might deny that. I want to say that sacred stories are somehow a part of a spiritual tradition, but I think when that happens it is because human beings, who create spiritual traditions, are inherently story-tellers. Of course, stories are going to be part of a spiritual tradition or anything else that human beings create.
As a human being, every one of us belongs to a sacred order, if you will. We belong to the sacred order of storytellers. We are participants in the interdependent web of all existence, and that web participates in us. Just as sure as we breathe, we tell stories, and we tell stories as our own individual versions of The Big Story. When you tell me a story, chances are good that even though I have never heard you tell that story before, I will recognize some part of it, even recognize some part of myself in it. That’s because you are telling your piece of The Big Story. We all belong to The Big Story.
So, listen. To that story forming in you your heart. To that story coming out of the heart of the person in front of you. To that story you hear playing in the background of every song, every poem, every newscast, every event that human beings have taken time to produce. Because . . . we belong to the Sacred Order of Storytellers.