Faith Stories: Words of WitnessFaith Story: Words of Witness from Tori Lambert from St. John’s UMC Baton Rouge on Vimeo.
Hi, my name is Tori Lambert and I am a youth here at St. John’s. A few weeks ago, Deacon Sarah asked me to give a little talk on how St. John’s has shaped me. At first I had absolutely no idea how I was going to describe this. But after 3 days and a conversation with Madeleine Blackwood, I knew exactly how to tell you.
A horse shoe, a circle, a triangle, 2 rectangles, and 2 squares
I am going to start with the horseshoe. In the game of horseshoes, the whole goal is to get your horseshoe as close to a stake as you possibly can. As Christians, our game of horseshoes is almost identical. Except instead of a stake, we’re trying to get as close to Jesus as we can. My goal is to be as much like Jesus as I possibly can.
Next, we have the circle. A circle is never ending -infinite. Like this circle, God’s love is never ending. I feel like St John’s has shown me an infinite amount of love throughout my entire life. I have been loved more than I could imagine, and I hope I can show that love to others.
The triangle is geometrically one of the sturdiest, if not the sturdiest, shape. St. John’s has given me a firm foundation. Also, the triangle reminds me of the Holy Trinity, which is part of that foundation.
As for the two rectangles, my view on rectangles is that they are stretched out of squares. All squares are rectangles, but not all rectangles are squares — fun fact. Like these outstretched squares, St. John’ has shown me the amazing results of having outstretched arms — toward the community, the city, the state, nation and other nations. Your outstretched arms have given me opportunities to reach out with my own arms doing things like ASP, Weekend of the Cross and 30 hour famine, and in the future — the VIM India trip.
Lastly, I have two squares simply labeled as feet. I have been loved, given a firm foundation, given opportunity, and I have been taught how to play Christian horseshoes to the point that I am able to stand in front of you now and Thank You and Thank God for showing me in this unbelievable way. You and God have walked with me and will walk with me for the rest of my LIFE.