One of the wonderful things about being human is our ability to tell and listen to stories. There are plenty of stories that are written to demonstrate a moral or make a political or social statement. We call these novels, and they are one of the ways that we can approach truth.

There is another group of stories that are not written down — at least not immediately. These are the stories that are generated from events in our lives. Sometimes they will carry with them some moral or social point, but that is not why they are told. They are told because we all have the need to tell others what has happened. These stories are raw, unedited, full of pain and passion. Giving them meaning is the furthest thing from our mind.

Sean Niestrath lives and ministers in Madisonville. You may contact him via email at

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