Friday, April 22, 2011

The greatest story ever told

We read a lot of stories to Samuel. A lot. Mostly Curious George lately, but it all depends on the day.

Lauren likes to read to herself. Maybe she'll be a reader like I am someday, and doesn't want to mess around with mom or dad reading - she just does it herself. If we can read one book to her without her trying to take the book from us, we're happy.

But lately, she's been letting us read - even asking us to read - from Samuel's Read and Learn Bible. It has stories of Adam and Eve, Noah, Moses, David, Daniel, Mary, Joseph and Jesus. She loves these stories. Just like Samuel did at her age. 

And I love that she is learning about these men and women of faith.

But this week I wondered: how do I communicate to my children that this isn't just a story?

It is the greatest story ever told....but it's a true story.

It's a story for everyone, for all time, for all ages.

This story is not about honoring the memory of a man. It's a celebration. Of life. It's about a gift we can receive. It's about grace and belief and trust.

This story is about a cross. But it doesn't stop there. That's just part of the story. The greatest part of the story is conquering death. We celebrate the empty tomb. We serve the resurrected Savior.

This story has been told thousands upon thousands of times. And this coming Sunday the greatest story ever told will be shared again. Maybe heard for the first time by some people.

Will you pray? Will you join me in praying that hearts would be opened to this story? That lives would be changed? That the words and truth of this story would impact families, homes, and futures for all of eternity? That kids would be deeply loved, marriages restored, relationships saved, and difficulties faced as a result of this story?

Would you petition the Lord with me that the fun of Easter eggs, bunnies, hunts, candy, dresses, pictures, brunches and lunches and dinners, would fade into the background and that the greatest miracle of all time would reign in our hearts and minds this Sunday?

The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the Word of God [and the greatest story ever told] stands forever. - Isaiah 40

Stacy

2 comments:

wonder woman said...

Amen!

Joelle said...

Yes! I will pray with you. Amen and Amen.