Admittedly, I read more novels than short stories in my life, so wasn't sure what short story I could blog about. Then, as I thought about it, I realized I know plenty of inspiring stories as I think outside the literary magazine. I enjoy many of the stories from the talks of my church leaders. The craft may be lacking on these, but their insights stick with me. Also, there are many of the stories in scriptures that have been threaded into my life's tapestry as well. In fact, Jesus himself was a master story teller with the layers of meaning that can be gleaned from the stories such as Good Samaritan, the Prodigal Son, or many others.
Stories of the scriptures can challenge you in provoking ways. In my childhood, I looked up to the heroic boy David who slew Goliath wanting to exemplify that kind of faith and courage in my life. Then when I grew and graduated from the G rated version of Sunday school, I learned about the whole Bathsheba debacle, giving me a sense of betrayal from my great hero. In this effective manner, the lesson was taken to heart of the importance of being vigilant against temptation. No one's immuned. I cried myself to sleep the day my innocent and naive view of David was lost. Okay, not really.
It gave me hope later on, however, to read the Psalms, many of which have been authored this good, but flawed man like us all. In some of the most beautiful and poetic language I've read, he rejoices in his Savior and the Atonement He would perform. So David, I forgive you for being a naughty boy that one night.