Worth Repeating: Every Story Whispers His Name
Bedtime Bible stories have been a part of our family habit for about nine years now.
I’ve read a lot of Bibles. I’ve read The Message for Kids, and Max Lucado’s Grace for the Moment. and I’ve read The Beginner’s Bible cover to cover four or five times. I’ve read Baby’s First Bible with the plastic handle, and I sang a song for every page. Even before they could talk, they knew to make a whoosh and roar when I got to the page with the ship in the storm, and held up two fingers when I got to Noah’s ark. Two! Two! Two by two, the Lord said to Noah….
But out of all those Bibles, all those years, this is by far the best I’ve ever read. Beautiful, engaging illustrations paint a vivid, insightful perspective. The author wraps up every story since the beginning of time with it’s place in the timeline – the Perfect Plan of God’s Never Stopping, Never Giving Up, Always and Forever Love.
I wish I had read this as a child. To see how Moses, Jonah, Isaiah, David, Zaccheus and all of the other stories…they are all part of The Plan.
Many nights I can’t get through the last few paragraphs without a croak in my throat.
“Why are you crying, Mommy?” they’ll ask.
Because it is so beautiful. And this book helps me to see, and articulate, Just. How. Much. We. Are. Loved.
“You’ve been stumbling around, like people in a dark room. But into the darkness, a bright Light will shine! It will chase away all the shadows, like sunshine.”
From the story of Noah:
And there, in the clouds – just where the storm meets the sun – was a beautiful bow made of light.
It was a new beginning in God’s world.
It wasn’t long before everything went wrong again, but God wasn’t surprised, he knew this would happen. That’s why, before the beginning of time, he had another plan – a better plan. A plant not to destroy the world, but to rescue it – a plan to one day send his own Son, the Rescuer.
God’s strong anger against hate and sadness and death would come down once more – but not on his people, or his world. No, God’s war bow was not pointing down at his people.
It was pointing up, into the heart of Heaven.
The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones, illustrated by Jago