Dr. Carole Adams reminds us in the foreword of the Noah Plan Literature Guide that, "It is no accident that Jesus spoke in stories. The story is a direct avenue to the heart, illumining reason by igniting the soul.” There is great power and influence in telling stories—in igniting souls—is there not?
The greatest story ever told is the story of Christ—His birth, ministry, death, and resurrection—the Gospel. John Wesley Work, Jr. (c. 1871-1925) compiled and published Folk Songs of the American Negro in 1907 and included an arrangement of a spiritual that had been sung as far back as the mid 1860's proclaiming one chapter of this grand narrative, the nativity of Christ: "Go, tell it on the mountain, / That Jesus Christ is born.”
Storytelling is God's way of restoring hope to the generations—the Hope of the Blessed Redeemer. According to the etymology of the word, the primary sense of ‘hope' is "to extend, to reach forward.” This description conjures the image of a child balanced on the edge of his seat straining to know what happens next in the story. So, let us be those storytellers who renovate the age, who repair the breach, who restore the streets in which to dwell—who share hope—by telling the story of the Savior in this season of celebrating His birth. Let us set the world on the edge of its seat and give hope to the generations.
Equip yourself as a storyteller with resources from FACE:
A Classical Christmas for Family Reading