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