There are stories that changed my life — the first Christian fiction book I ever read (Thank you, Janette Oke), the first chapter books I devoured (Boxcar Children), or the first book I wrote which set me on this wonderful publishing journey.
And when I think of great stories, there are lots that come to mind: an epic quest to recapture a powerful ring from the grip of evil, a journey into a magical land with unfamiliar creatures, or a sweet story of love and loss.
In fact, every author here at InspyRomance prides ourselves on telling wonderful stories. We each write heartfelt stories where two people overcome obstacles and fall in love.
But every author here also writes our stories knowing one thing: that our books are only a signpost serving to point people back to the greatest story ever written.
Sometimes, I think about God as the author of life and what a captivating storyteller he is. Have you allowed the beauty of God’s story to wash over you lately?
The truth is… there is no greater love story than that of God relentlessly pursuing his people since the story began in the Garden of Eden.
There is no nail-biter more thrilling than the one the Old Testament shows us about how God preserved the line of Abraham to deliver the promised Messiah.
There is no greater plot twist than that of the Son of God adding humanity to his divinity and crashing into our world 2000 years ago. Not as the Ruler King the people of Israel expected, but as the Servant King, born in a manger instead of a palace.
There is no darker black moment than when the Son of God died a brutal death on a Roman cross to win salvation for the world.
And there is no more triumphant climax than when Jesus rose from the grave, proving his power over the enemy.
This weekend, we celebrate that birth of Jesus on the holiest of nights. The plot twist. And what a wonderful plot twist it was! But it isn’t the whole story.
As an author, I love telling stories of family and faith and forever. But most of all, it is my constant prayer that these stories continually point you back to Jesus’s birth, life, death and resurrection. Because the full gospel really is the greatest story ever told. And most importantly–it’s not just an amazing story. It’s the one and only Truth. And it has the power to change lives and preserve them for eternity.
Dear friend, I hope this story never loses its wonder and joy for you. I pray it captivates you anew this Christmas as you enjoy time with family and friends.
And if you are reading this and maybe you always thought it was “just a story” but you want to know more about Jesus and this incredible story that is the basis for salvation, here are some resources where you can learn more.
Merry Christmas, from everyone here at InspyRomance.
A Christmas blessing to you and yours,
Tara Grace Ericson