what are stories made of? {a poem}

What are stories made of?

Sugar and spice and everything nice

Is that what stories are made of?
Not stories worth the telling.

Intrigue, battles, misunderstandings, suffering, darkness, accusations…
These are the makings of a good story.

Think of the greatest stories –
books we are reading decades or centuries after their creators are in the grave.
What makes us cross cultures and generations
to read and reread them?

Conflict. Hardship.
And the ultimate triumph over them.

Think of the Greatest Story –
a Book written over decades and centuries by our Creator.
What makes people across cultures and generations
turn to it again and again?

Conflict. Hardship.
And the Ultimate Triumph over them.

Each of us has a story.

Will yours be worth the telling?