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Some Stories Do

November 6, 2017

“Once you have seen The Last Detail, Hal Ashby’s great film of 1973, you’ve seen it forever,” is how Anthony Lane opens his review of a new movie in the November 6th issue of The New Yorker magazine.

Three long paragraphs later he concludes his article with, “Some stories need not be told again.”

Ouch.

But some other stories do.

We have a song that reminds you and me of the need and the responsibility we have to tell “some stories” again and again —

 Tell me the stories of Jesus I love to hear;
things I would ask him to tell me if he were here:
scenes by the wayside, tales of the sea,
stories of Jesus, tell them to me.

 

And as another song says —

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

I love to tell the story;
’twill be my theme in glory
to tell the old, old story
of Jesus and his love.

 

Those stories, Christ’s stories, with their consistent theme of Jesus and his love, do need to be told again.  By us.

And need to be lived. Again. By us.

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3 Comments
  1. Nina J Morwell permalink

    “I Love to Tell the Story” was one of my dad’s favorite hymns. I remember singing it with him while doing dishes; a precious memory.

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