It Takes Time on Our American Stories

Recently, I wrote a story and a friend submitted it to Our American Stories. After working the essay over and mining it for more treasures, my husband recorded it and it was selected to air. 

This made me think about the importance of telling our stories. As we navigate through these days of great uncertainty, turmoil and angst, we have been given life-changing narratives to share. There are encounters we have with family, friends and neighbors, sometimes even strangers. If we keep our eyes and ears open, we can hear an echo of something which has been speaking to all of humanity throughout history. It is a deep sense that we and our stories matter. Our human experience matters. Sharing matters. Each one of us is a light-keeper. Our stories impact others, touch lives, and in sharing, they have the power to change the world of people and the world itself. 

Voices of despair scream at us from every corner of culture. We can easily get sucked in by a vortex of distraction and darkness. Insecurities and shame keep us from pouring these stories into our hurting world. But I am convinced that nothing, absolutely nothing, has the power to overcome the Light in us. While porch lights, like that of my neighbor, go out all around us, the Light within us, keeps shining. 
Go! Tell your story of Hope and Light today! 

If you like help with telling your story, check out Leslie Leyland Fields

You can listen to the recording on Our American Stories here

“Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble.” Psalm 107:2
“How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?” Romans 10:14



  1. Oh, Heidi, what a stellar work you did in writing and presenting your story! You made ME care about that crumudgeon of a neighbor, to the point I teared up at the end when it was God’s time for him to pass over. Thank you for your example of stubborn love that does not quit. I pray we all may reach out to our neighbors with your tenacity, thoughtfulness, and grace. P.S. It was also a lovely surprise to hear your sweet voice!

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