Tell me the old, old story
by Ruth Croft 12 March 2023
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and for ever…
…Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. Hebrews 13:8,15 & 16
As some of you may know, I am in the process of clearing out the home of an elderly aunt who passed away a few months ago. The property in question was built by my great grandparents and was a family home for them and my grandparents. It is where my father grew up and somewhere I have visited regularly all my life to see my grandparents and latterly my aunt. It is a treasure trove of family history, some of which I am seeing for the first time. As you might imagine it is interesting to discover items which were special to each generation. Occasionally, there are things which actually stop me in my tracks.
On my last visit I shook out the contents of an elderly envelope and found several sheets of beautifully ‘curly’ script, written about 150 years ago by my great, great grandfather, Isaac. He talks of the importance of knowing Jesus Christ in his own life and the need of telling others,
“Even the feeblest words, spoken by the feeblest tongue will have power if they come from the depth of a heart at one with Christ; the desire of our own hearts will soon find its echo in theirs.”
It is believed that the book of Hebrews, from which the bible verses above are taken, was written sometime in the later part of the 1st century, possibly by the Apostle Paul or one of his associates, with the purpose of encouraging members of the early church to maintain their faith in Jesus.
It gives me such confidence to know that the unchanging, eternal Saviour written about in Hebrews is the same one that Grandpa Isaac loved and served many generations later. He is also the same Saviour who loves each of us today and who I seek to serve with my own ‘feeble’ heart. I pray that the generations yet to come will do the same.
Lord almighty, everlasting God, existing of yourself, without beginning, without ending, present in each place and at each moment ,
Make yourself known as our friend and our deliverer.
Glorify your Name in all our life today and throughout eternity; through Christ our Lord. Amen
The hymn “Tell me the old, old story” was written in 1866 (possibly at about the same time as the words written by Grandpa Isaac).
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