07 April 2011

I Love to tell the Story

“We will tell the next generation the praise worthy deeds of the Lord,
His power and the wonders He has done.” – Psalm 78:4

There is a song, taken from a poem that was written in 1866, about the life of Jesus. It became one of my favorite hymns when I was a young girl. I look back now and realize that it may have just been a sign of the journey my life would take. The song starts off with the words, “I love to tell the story of unseen things above, of Jesus and his glory, of Jesus and his love.” Oh, how I love to write stories, especially Christian children's stories. I also love telling others about Jesus. What about you?

The song goes on to say, “I love to tell the story, because I know 'tis true; it satisfies my longings as nothing else can do.” I love digging in to God's Word; reading my Bible and memorizing scripture. I get excited knowing that God is giving me commands, guidelines and instructions that will make my Christian walk stronger and bring me closer to Him. He also gives us many, many stories and parables, each containing wonderful examples of the journey's of the disciples and other biblical characters.   Some of my favorite childhood stories include: Noah and the Ark, Five Loaves and Two Fishes, Josephs’ Coat of Many Colors, Jesus Birth, Mary and Martha, and the Parable of the Lost Sheep. What are some of your favorites?

The song continues... “I love to tell the story, ‘twill be my theme in glory, to tell the old, old story of Jesus and his love." These words have become my personal mission... to share His stories with the next generations.

Click here and listen to Country Singer, Alan Jackson singing the classic hymn: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzSL4Vdbxjc&feature=fvwrel

It’s Friday, Let’s Sparkle.... Action Required... I have written my Friday blog early this week, because as you are reading this post, I am on my way to a women’s spiritual retreat... a Walk to Emmaus. Below is the story of the disciples’ journey on the road to Emmaus. Is this a story you’ve heard before?

On the Road to Emmaus
Luke 24:13-24

“Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing him.

He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”

They stood still, their faces downcast. One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”

What things?” he asked.

“About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.”

When I was young I loved the Bible stories we heard in Sunday School class. Little did I know that those stories would become the foundation of my faith. In Exodus 10:2, the Lord said to Moses, “You will be able to tell wonderful stories to your children and grandchildren about the marvelous things I am doing among the Egyptians to prove that I am the Lord.” We have been called to pass along His stories to the next generation.... What are you doing to answer your calling? Check out your church library, local Christian bookstore or even your bookshelves at home... all you need is a Bible and/or storybook, a child or group of children, and a heart for sharing wonderful stories of Jesus and His love.  Make a difference in the life of a child... teach them the stories that will become the foundation of their faith!

‘til Monday,
God’s Peace, Donna Weaver

“Tell it to your children, and let your children tell it to their children,
and their children to the next generation.” - Joel 1:3


robert said...

Greetings from Wordwise Hymns. Thanks for your comments on Katherine Hankey's fine gospel song, and what it means to you personally. Your blog caught my eye this morning because I posted an article on the song. Let's keep telling the story! God bless.

Donna Weaver said...

Robert.... Thank you for stopping by and checking out my blog. I'm so glad my reference to one of my favorite hymns caught your attention. I would love to read the article you wrote. Christian music has always touched my soul... when I was younger it was through the words and music of the traditional hymns. Today I listen to alot of contemporary praise music. I love to hear stories behind the songs, either what inspired the songwriter or ways the song has touched the lives of others.

God's Peace, Donna