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"Write this down for the next generation so people not yet born will praise God." Psalm 102:18

"Write my answer on a billboard, large and clear, so that anyone can read it at a glance and rush to tell the others." Habakkuk 2:2

Monday, October 4, 2010

Untold Stories

My mother, brother and I were on the cemetery yesterday for a funeral in our family. After leaving the graveside, we decided to visit the graves of my great-grandparents. We spent some time tromping through the cemetery, noticing names and dates of the deceased. Some were born as far back as the 1700's.

As I stood at the top of the hill and looked down at the vast cemetery, I couldn't help but think about all of the stories represented with each of the tombstones. Every life that was lived. Here one day and gone the next. I was reminded of how fleeting our lives are. We never know when we will be called into the afterlife.

I wondered how many of the stories represented on the cemetery have since been forgotten. I was reminded of the old hymn by H. Ernest Nichol entitled "We've a Story to Tell to the Nations." Are we living out our lives in such a way to tell others of the hope we have in Jesus? Whether the words are written down, or spread by word of mouth, or shown by our example, how are we doing with sharing God's story through the story of our lives?

We’ve a story to tell to the nations,
That shall turn their hearts to the right,
A story of truth and mercy,
A story of peace and light,
A story of peace and light.

For the darkness shall turn to dawning,
And the dawning to noonday bright;
And Christ’s great kingdom shall come on earth,
The kingdom of love and light.

We’ve a song to be sung to the nations,
That shall lift their hearts to the Lord,
A song that shall conquer evil
And shatter the spear and sword,
And shatter the spear and sword.


We’ve a message to give to the nations,
That the Lord who reigns up above
Has sent us His Son to save us,
And show us that God is love,
And show us that God is love.


We’ve a Savior to show to the nations,
Who the path of sorrow has trod,
That all of the world’s great peoples
Might come to the truth of God,
Might come to the truth of God.


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