You may have at some point heard of, if not seen, what is known as The Great Tapestry of Scotland. It is an incredible project – an artistic portrayal of the (hi)story of Scotland through the weaving together of panels that have been hand-stitched by residents of cities, towns and villages all across Scotland and was inspired by the beloved Scottish story-teller Alexander McCall Smith.
Storytelling has been a central aspect of community throughout the history of the Celtic peoples, taking a role in many parts of society such as community decision making and community cohesion, not just in history keeping and entertainment.
The Seanachaidh (storyteller) would seek, through the telling of their stories, to weave the listeners together, to give the people a sense of who they were, where they came from.
This is our heart as 24-7 Prayer Scotland for this blog site, that as we tell the stories, your stories, of what God is doing through prayer across this land, we will be woven together, reminded of who we are, where we have come from, and Who it is all for and about.
Over recent years we have heard stories of healings of bodies and of hearts, restoration of relationships, life-transforming encounters with the tangible presence of Jesus. And most recently, we are hearing and seeing a deep stirring, a growing hunger in God’s people across the land, from ages 8 to 80, for prayer, for greater unity, to come back to the main Vision, to the simple yet powerful truths that have time and again awakened and set on fire the hearts of this nation, for Jesus Himself. As people are responding to this gentle, persistent drawing of Holy Spirit, stories are being written. Leonard Sweet says, “The future belongs to the storytellers and connectors” and we believe this to be true.
24-7 Prayer exists to ‘Revive the Church and Rewire Culture’ and we seek to do that largely through inspiration, equipping, resourcing and connecting – relationship-building. And we are convinced that one of the best gifts God has given us to inspire and to connect with one another is the gift of story. So this blog is our gift to you. We hope you enjoy it and even more, are set alight by it.