Once upon a time a girl and a boy lived together in a warm and beautiful valley. They spent their days learning about the fragrant and delicious plants, caring for the rabbits and the cobras and all the unique and varied creation that surrounded them in the valley. In the evenings, they would talk with God about their days. God taught them how to explore the valley in safety, how to give and take with one another in compassion and understanding, how to love and heal and help the valley blossom and bear fruit. The boy and the girl found deep joy in each of their days, making shadow shapes when the sun shone, turning cartwheels in the rain and playing hide and seek on foggy mornings. God taught them to make stories and poems and jokes about their joy.
Remythologizing the Myths is a new series by BJ Daly Horell that attempts to explore and uncover some of the underlying meanings in biblical stories. This is not an attempt to rewrite the Bible (God forbid) and is not in any way Scripture. But in this Information Age, the power of stories and myths to show us deeper truths sometimes seems to get lost, and the meanings stories both hide and reveal may sometimes escape our notice.
So, for your enjoyment, I offer small stories to shine a light on some features of the text that seem to be overlooked. This is paragraph one of the first series, focusing on Genesis. I intend to offer a paragraph or (at most) two, each week on Wednesdays.
Barbara Jean Daly Horell, MTS