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25 Apr 2021

Catharine Hankey was in convalescence after a long illness that weakened her but in this time she took to pen-and-paper giving thanks for how God brought her thru this vile illness. It was a long poem  that many has dissected thru the years. Written in 1866  the story has never changed, a story of God’s  love, compassion and care, it may be an old-story but still relevant  as both my sermon preached today added to its flavor.
In today’s world every one has an opinion, via tweet or face-book but stories that does not last long  and fizzles out but Catharine is resolute of the old story.  
My question to you today What is your story? What has Gods love done for you, especially in these COVID  times, diabetics, cancer-patients, lottery-winners, share your story it might inspire others.  
Hear Catharine  writes  in splendor...                                                                                          
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 its true 
It satisfies my longings, as nothing else can do 
In this 21st century the story is the same as the 19th century that’s why without  hesitation I tell this  wonderful  story.
Catharine insistence of telling the story seeks to rise us up to share good news, there is some in your life, (you-know), what’s your-story, go tell it. Why? Catharine reminds us 190 years later... 
I love to tell the story, Tis pleasant to repeat 
What seems each time I tell it, more wonderful more sweet
I Love to tell the story, for some have never heard 
The message of salvation, From God’s own holy word 
In a sometimes negative world there is something positive in your life. Go tell your story  as we  listen to Catharine one last time... 
I love to tell the story, for those who know it best 
Seems hungering and thirsting, to hear it like the rest 
And when in scenes in glory, I sing the new, new song 
Twill be the old, old story, that I have loved so long

Hartley, Archbishop ACW


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