childhood story

The Art of Storytelling

When you look at your life, what do you see? How do you make sense of the world around you? How is your story similar to or unique from the stories of others? Do you tend to compare yourself to others? Do you tend to blame others or yourself when you don’t get what you think you deserve?

We approach the questions of life with certain presuppositions—filters through which we [...]

The Corner of Childhood and Harlem

Tall confidant radiating beauty

sees me

emerging from the taxi

velvet skin

the color of safety

greets me



I’m a child again

sitting on a hard wooden bench

ankle-socked legs



IMG_2684My multi-tasking mother plays the piano

simultaneously parenting

from her perch

on the hot humid platform


By |November 21st, 2014|Shari Thomas|5 Comments|

Finding Your Place in God’s Cosmic Story

In this series of blog posts, I’ve been exploring the myths of story, the value of sharing our stories, and the importance of seeing our stories in light of God’s cosmic Story—the story of redemption.

Recall that the overarching story conveyed in the Bible is one of grace: Creation, Fall, Redemption, and Restoration.

Creation can be characterized as a time of peace, or life as it was meant to be. The world was perfect. [...]

The Freedom of Remembering our Stories in Light of God’s Story

As we examine our stories in light of God’s Story, we come closer to seeing our triumphs and tragedies, sins and sanctification through a gospel lens.

We find our tragedies are redeemed and we are given a new name, a new family. Our frozen hearts are thawed, and we are invited to join in writing the rest of our story.

In his book Telling Secrets, Frederick Buechner writes,

[We must] keep [...]

Speaking of Story…

Earlier this month I was in Tacoma, Washington, my mother’s birthplace. Little did I know I was about to run headlong into my past and experience a stream of redemption washing back into history, my history.

I’ve often heard from my mom and grandfather how he left his church in Tacoma and his family of origin and moved to the Olympic Peninsula, where he established a mission church.  The version I know is that he [...]

God’s Story, My Story.

I GREW UP IN A FAMILY OF STORYTELLERS, and many of the stories told were from the Bible. I heard about two undisciplined sons who died for their folly and their fat, priestly father who obviously fathered poorly and did not care well for his people. Upon learning of his sons’ death, he fell over dead. I thought, “Les­son One: Don’t be foolish! Lesson Two: When I have kids, I better [...]

Does Looking at your Past Just Promote Narcissistic Navel Gazing?

In the next 4 blog posts, I will explore the value of seeing our own stories
in the light of the greater Story of the gospel.


I’m raising two toddlers. We are in the first year of our church plant, and you’re asking me to take time to look at my story! Are you serious?!

SO WHY THE AUDACITY to sug­gest looking at your past? How could this be an ideal time to do [...]

Mothers, Snake Handlers and Christ figures

I was hoping for five minutes. Just five minutes alone in the shower.

The thought of showering without interruptions, without cries for help or utter silence indicating something was amiss, was my most luxurious wish in those early years of mothering.

I’ve heard of toddlers staying in their rooms playing contently, safely staying out of harms way. These, however, were not my offspring. And from the sounds of it, most of you don’t have docile kids [...]

Contempt is like an Undiscovered Cancer – Part 2

You don’t see it or even feel it’s effects before it threatens to kill your relationships.  Contempt has many faces and is easily masked:

  • Asking your spouse to do a task and then criticizing how it was done
  • Asking his/her opinion, but then seeking someone else’s. If you are getting input from several sources on a difficult topic, say so before hand.
  • Discussing his/her shortcomings especially in front of others without knowing if they’re ready to engage [...]