How Rescuing Lost Stories Is A Noble Thing

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭31‬:‭8‬ ‭NLT‬‬

nobleThe noble mission of giving lost stories a voice goes much deeper than simply finding interesting facts.  There is something quite visceral when a story emerges from the shadows and sheds light on current happenings.   

Recently I was watching an episode of Finding Your Roots, where one of the guests, an actor, had portrayed an officer who fought at Gettysburg in the Civil War.  Researching his family records revealed that he had a very personal connection to Gettysburg.  An ancestor from Michigan not only fought in that battle but was captured and held prisoner in Andersonville, GA.  He obviously survived making this man’s portrayal in a reenactment possible. 

When my father-in-law reflected on his service as a WW 2 Reconnaissance pilot in the Pacific Theater, he would often get quite dewy-eyed as he recalled the fighter pilots who protected him in order to get the film home, but they themselves did not return.  He, my husband, all six siblings, and their offspring owe those men their very existence.

Noble Daily Tasks In Life

Rescuing these stories, otherwise lost, is a command of scripture.  In Proverbs, this command precedes the lengthy outline of the attributes of a noble wife.  I like to think that along with:

  • being an excellent household manager
  • a good steward of assets 
  • a diligent worker

that “speaking up for those who have no voice” adds to the nobility of all these daily tasks.  

Noble Defined

In this context, the definition of noble:

  • Having or showing qualities of high moral character, such as courage, generosity, or honor.
  • Proceeding from or indicative of such a character; showing magnanimity

In other words, giving voice to those who have none through rescuing lost stories, is an act of high moral character, requires courage, and is an act of generosity.  

I may not seem so, particularly when you are telling your personal story.  This can hinder some from investing the effort to write those stories down.  Trust me, when I read the autobiographies or memoirs of my ancestors, I am grateful for these stories.  At the same time, I miss the stories of those who did not or were not able to record them.

So this week, I ask that you reframe your story into a noble effort.   See it as generous and courageous!

What story will you record this week?  Use the Free PDF download to start today.  You can do it!  It is a noble thing.

I am a former air traffic controller, pilot, Aircoupe owner, married 42 years to a great guy. We live in a 125+ year old historic Victorian, enjoy cats, vintage anything, precious friends. My passion is Giving Lost Stories A Voice – Giving Found Materials Fresh Form and Purpose!

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