31 Days: A Lost Art {Day 6}

Storytelling has become a lost art.

No one tells stories any longer, yet since the beginning of time, storytelling has been an intricate part of history.  In fact, that is how history was shared for much of the world’s existence; the passing of stories from generation to generation.

Sometimes our stories take an unexpected twist.  Sometimes they turn out of  control.  Sometimes the tragedy is so horrible that our story is marred.  We are not always good stewards of our stories.  Sometimes the pain grips us so desperately that we can nothing but fall face forward into the mud.  But you know what?  God can still use those wretched lives, those wretched moments for his glory. Some of the most “awesome God” stories I’ve ever heard involve those kinds of lives redeemed to service for King Jesus.

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We’re writing our story, but we’re writing His story.  Our lives are a continuation of God’s story for this time.  And His story is the most important story we can be writing.  Yes the plot may make take an unexpected turn but sometimes that’s what makes God shine.  His glory revealed to us and through us in the darkest times.  Sometimes loud and sometimes almost silent.  Told nonetheless.

His story. important to repeat.  Important to turn to when the guilt of sin has slayed us.  The only thing that satisfies our longings.  The only redeeming quality of this life.

The story of Jesus.

 


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.

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

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

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

According to Cyberhymnal this hymn is a part of a 50 stanza 2 part poem written by A. Katherine Hankey.  This post is day 6 of the 31 day October challenge and linked up with Five Minute Friday.  Today’s word is story.

If you want to read some fantastic storytelling about Jesus in the Old Testament.  Check out Shane’s 31 days series, Christ in the Old Testament.

14 Comments

  • Jeanne Takenaka

    10/11/2017 at 3:56 pm Reply

    Christy, please forgive my delay in getting over here. It’s been a crazy week in Takenaka-land. I so appreciate this post. When in the middle of all kinds of hard, it’s difficult to remember that God is writing our stories as well. When we can remember we don’t walk through those seasons alone, sometimes, it’s a little easier to lean on His strength in the midst of them.

    Such a great post, friend!

  • Theresa Boedeker

    10/08/2017 at 5:18 pm Reply

    Thanks for the reminder that our story and His story are intertwined.

  • Andrew Budek-Schmeisser

    10/07/2017 at 12:36 am Reply

    Love the post, love the song, love the fact that God can draw straight with crooked lines.

  • debbieputman

    10/06/2017 at 6:02 pm Reply

    I love this truth: God can still use those wretched lives, those wretched moments for his glory.

  • Anita Ojeda

    10/06/2017 at 1:36 pm Reply

    Oh, boy! I had no idea that song was part of a 50-stanza poem! It’s a beautiful song, for sure :).

  • Martha G. Brady

    10/06/2017 at 12:23 pm Reply

    hi christy, i enjoyed your post today:) i think we were thinking along similar lines. i’m at slot 42.

  • Tara

    10/06/2017 at 12:09 pm Reply

    Love love this post! And I love to tell the Story is one of my fave hymns. I’m in the 7 spot this week.

    • Christy

      10/06/2017 at 12:19 pm Reply

      Wanna know something funny? I wrote about it twice this month already. I guess I really like it too.

  • Amanda Williams

    10/06/2017 at 11:49 am Reply

    Love this!

  • Gabriele

    10/06/2017 at 10:47 am Reply

    What a wonderful thought that our lives are His story, too. As we testify of Him he heals our stories.

    • Christy

      10/06/2017 at 10:52 am Reply

      I love your comment. “As we testify of Him he heals our stories” Isn’t it beautiful Gabriele?

  • Tanya Marlow

    10/06/2017 at 7:28 am Reply

    I love that song! It’s one of my favourites. And I also celebrate the lost art of storytelling. In fact, I’ve just written a book – Those Who Wait – that seeks to highlight the story element of the Bible characters, and how their story can rewrite ours. I’d love it if you could check it out (smiles shyly). Visiting from FMF! https://www.amazon.com/Those-Who-Wait-Finding-disappointment/dp/1910786861/ref=sr_1_20?ie=UTF8&qid=1507292890&sr=8-20&keywords=those+who+wait

    • Christy

      10/06/2017 at 10:52 am Reply

      Thanks for sharing Tanya.

  • Sabrina

    10/06/2017 at 6:49 am Reply

    Beautifully written.

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