One of my favorite things to do with my small grandchildren is to tell them a story. No matter how simplistic or fantastical the plot is, they are always delighted and enthralled. We all love stories because we are made for them.
Our individual stories unfold to us daily, yet we are also part of a larger cosmic drama marked by themes of hope and betrayal, danger and courage, love and sacrifice, battle and restoration. Tragically, the truth and beauty of the Christian story has been abandoned by our culture and replaced by a narrative that regards Christianity with doubt, ridicule, and hostility. More than ever, we need to understand the timeless truths of this Story, claim its promises, and convey it to others with clarity and conviction.
Before we can fully appreciate the Good News of freedom and restoration, we must acknowledge our condition of utter hopelessness without our Savior. St. Paul describes all of us as dead in our sins — captive slaves of an evil prince, and disobedient children of wrath. (See Ephesians 2:1-3. How did this story, so full of beauty, hope, and promise take such a tragic turn?)
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