Hymn Challenge #17: Tell Me the Stories of Jesus
Words by: William H. Parker
b. March 4th, 1845; d. December 2, 1929
This hymn is not to be confused with the hymn titled "Tell Me the Story of Jesus" by Fanny J. Crosby. Today's hymn was written by William H. Parker. He was born in Nottingham, England, and he also died there. He was the head of an insurance company and a member of the Chelsea Street Baptist Church in Nottingham. He wrote this hymn for his Sunday School students at his church.
Last week I was looking at Pinterest, and I kept seeing pins about church nurseries. I sat a moment and told the Lord how much I miss working in Children's Ministry. I was the Associate Director of Children's Ministry for many years. I thought "Lord, are you leading me back to what I love?" Then He reminded me of something our BSF teaching leader said during our first lecture. She told a story of her grandfather sharing his love for Jesus with her and that "She had faith before she could even read God's Word." Then as my daughter and I discussed lecture, I asked her what she liked best about what she had heard. She said "I loved her story about her grandfather sharing his faith and his friend Jesus with her because that was me too. I had faith before I could read." I cried right there. I find as my children have gotten older (yes, they are 19 now) that God is giving me glimpses of how they did hear and see what I was teaching them. It is such a huge blessing that I can't even begin to describe. Some of you know what I am talking about.
Have you ever just watched a child's face as they are being told a story? They are usually intense as they listen and take it all in. And if you have ever shared the stories of Jesus to a 3 year old—wow, it is just a blessing to watch them. I used to teach God's word to 3 year olds, and I loved every minute of it. It is so important that we teach God's word to the tiniest of children because they can understand long before they will be able to read. With that being said, we can begin teaching our children and grandchildren about Christ at any age! I had a lady ask me a couple of weeks ago if it was too late for her 15 year old daughter to come to BSF and hear God's word. Of course it's not too late. I didn't come to know Christ until I was 33—when my girls were 3 1/2 years old! It's never too late to share! We even talked about that in our last Hymn Challenge "I Love to Tell the Story."
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.
2. First let me hear how the children stood round his knee,
and I shall fancy his blessing resting on me;
words full of kindness, deeds full of grace,
all in the lovelight of Jesus' face.
3. Into the city I'd follow the children's band,
waving a branch of the palm tree high in my hand;
one of his heralds, yes, I would sing
loudest hosannas, "Jesus is King!"
Papers: Stampington Journal Jump; Simple Stories Sn@p! Life
Blue Fern Studios chipboard: Organic Vine (SEI Tumble Die grass green mist)
Embellishments: Project Life Just Add Color card; Two Peas in a Bucket wood veneer frame; Solitaire Jeweltone flowers; A Flair for Buttons flair; May Arts twine; hand-dyed Hug Snug; sewing machine
Remember to use Keyword HSCRC13 when posting your creations in any online galleries. Also, please leave a link to your creation here using Inlinkz! To see all of the information regarding this challenge and the previous studies, please see this post here. Have a blessed week ahead!