Have I Got A Story for You

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Old hymns are a wonderful teaching tool about the life of Christ and the fundamentals of Christianity.  So many churches now sing one-syllable songs , trying to “program” the praises into a packaged worship service.  The verses are repeated over and over, beginning loud and simmering down to a climax.  That’s ok.  On the other hand, my spirit rejoices higher and deeper with the singing of the old-time hymns.  Here’s one of my favorites, learned as a child and cherished as an adult:

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Tell Me the Story of Jesus

~~Frances J. Crosby, pub.1880

 

Tell me the story of Jesus,

Write on my heart every word;

Tell me the story most precious,

Sweetest that ever was heard.

Tell how the angels in chorus,

Sang as they welcomed His birth,

“Glory to God in the highest!

Peace and good tidings to earth.”

 

Refrain:

Tell me the story of Jesus,

Write on my heart every word;

Tell me the story most precious,

Sweetest that ever was heard.

 

Fasting alone in the desert,

Tell of the days that are past,

How for our sins He was tempted,

Yet was triumphant at last.

 

Tell of the years of His labor,

Tell of the sorrow He bore;

He was despised and afflicted,

Homeless, rejected and poor.

 

Tell of the cross where they nailed Him,

Writhing in anguish and pain;

Tell of the grave where they laid Him,

Tell how He liveth again.

 

Love in that story so tender,

Clearer than ever I see;

Stay, let me weep while you whisper,

“Love paid the ransom for me.”

 

 

7 comments on “Have I Got A Story for You

  1. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge, Anne. Music is food for the soul.

  2. Dicky says:

    Very nice Jeanne.

  3. One of my favorites!

  4. Pam Ford Davis says:

    Pure Gospel!

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