A Hymn for Meditation

hymnalI Love to Tell the Story

  1.  I love to tell the story
    of unseen things above,
    of Jesus and his glory,
    of Jesus and his love.
    I love to tell the story,
    because I know ’tis true;
    it satisfies my longings
    as nothing else can do. 

I love to tell the story,
’twill be my theme in glory,
to tell the old, old story
of Jesus and his love.

2.  I love to tell the story;
more wonderful it seems
than all the golden fancies
of all our golden dreams.
I love to tell the story,
it did so much for me;
and that is just the reason
I tell it now to thee. (Refrain)

3. I love to tell the story;
’tis pleasant to repeat
what seems, each time I tell it,
more wonderfully sweet.
I love to tell the story,
for some have never heard
the message of salvation
from God’s own holy Word. (Refrain)

4. I love to tell the story,
for those who know it best
seem hungering and thirsting
to hear it like the rest.
And when, in scenes of glory,
I sing the new, new song,
‘twill be the old, old story
that I have loved so long. (Refrain)  

Katherine Hanley

  • Can you “tell the story” in two or three sentences? What if someone sent you a text message asking, “What is that ‘gospel’ you keep talking about?” How would you respond?
  • Can you “tell the story” to a friend who needs it, because her addicted son just tried to kill himself?
  • Can you “tell the story” when someone asks you to sign a petition supporting the rights of people who believe in polyamory to marry? Can you pour God’s love into this moment with a story?
  • Do you love telling the story? Why? Can you tell people why you love to tell this story?
  • Can you tell your story with passion and integrity when your own child accuses you of being rigid and old-fashioned because you refuse to permit her boyfriend to sleep over in her bed?
  • What story do you tell your neighbor when you are invited to help demonstrate against the state government cuts in social services?
  • What story do you tell yourself when your best friend viciously turns on you and accuses you of being a bigot because you believe that marriage is exclusively the union of a man and a woman?
  • What story do you tell to a fellow Christian who asks, “How can you say that God is with me when he just let the love of my life die a brutal death from cancer? Why wasn’t he with her?”