"I love to tell the story, ‘twill be my theme in glory,
To tell the old, old story of Jesus and his love."

As the hymn continues for three more verses it creates a desire to know more. I am sure it was Hankey’s intent that believers learn all that is possible about this blessed Savior. In fact, in the last verse she reveals her own desire to know more:

"I love to tell the story, for those who know it best,
Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.
And when, in scenes of glory, I sing the new, new song,
‘Twill be the old, old story, that I have loved so long."

There was a memorable day when I myself visited a nursing home. That experience is recorded in my book, 52 Hymn Story Devotions. "Carrie Shook was one hundred years old and asked that I come to her room for a visit. The tattered black leather Bible on her bedside offered witness that she had loved to hear and tell the story for a long time. Her whispery voice repeated the words of several old hymns. What a joy to hear her say, 'I like hearing about Jesus. He keeps me company all the time.' My precious friend blessed my life that day."

Dear Lord Jesus, I come to you in thanksgiving that someone told me about You when I was a child. Thank You for knocking on the door of my heart. You loved me and waited patiently until my needs were so great that I knew there was no where else to go. I had knowledge in my head but it was not until I hungered and thirsted for more of your Truth and Power that I began to walk in Your abundance. Now I love to tell Your story. Yes Jesus, I pray in Your name.

Lucy Neeley Adams has always loved music. She began telling the story of hymns on Christian radio WWGM in Nashville, TN, in the '80s. She then wrote a newspaper column titled "Song Stories" for five years. During that time Lucy's book, 52 Hymn Story Devotions, was published by Abingdon Press in Nashville. Each of the 52 stories contained in the book is written in a devotional format, with the words of the hymn concluding each devotion. Lucy, dubbed "The hymn lady," can be heard on the first Thursday of each month when she discusses hymn stories during a telephone interview with Michelle Mendoza of "Living Christian." The program is aired on station KCIS in Seattle, WA. Lucy lives at Lake Junaluska, NC, with her minister husband, Woody. They have four children and fourteen grandchildren. She may be reached for comment at lucya424@aol.com. Visit her at 52hymns.com.