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A Hymn for Meditation

hymnalI Love to Tell the Story

By Arabella K. Hankey

  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 would do.
    • Refrain: I love to tell the story,
      ’Twill be my theme in glory,
      To tell the old, old story
      Of Jesus and His love.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

What sort of preparation would this hymnwriter make if she wanted to share Christ with someone?

Why does she want to share Christ? What makes her think that sharing is a good idea?

Do you know anyone who has never heard of Christ? Do you know about anyone who has never heard of Christ? Have you ever spoken of Christ to someone who became angry and resentful that you mentioned Christ’s name? What did you do?

What does this hymnwriter think people will do in heaven? Does this image make any sense to you? If not, what do you think people will do in heaven?

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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. 

Refrain:
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?”