The Big Story

  • Nov. 8, 2006
  • #6398

Joni sings "All Glory, Laud, and Honor"  and reminds listeners that as Christians, we live within God's great story.

All glory, laud and honor,
To thee, Redeemer King,
To Whom the lips of children
Made sweet hosannas ring.
Thou art the King of Israel,
Thou David's royal son,
Who in the Lord's name comest,
The King and blessed one.

That beautiful, old hymn was written, get this, in the year 820 – can you believe that? Way back before the Middle Ages and that's what I want to talk to you about today.

I read a book called The Sacred Romance once, and the authors explained how back then the Cathedral was the center of everyday life in the High Middle Ages. Church bells would mark the passing of hours. People celebrated Pentecost, not the opening of the baseball season. Christian expressions like, "The Year of our Lord," or "Pray tell," or "God be with you," or making a statement and saying "by Christ's blood" that would peppered normal conversations, it was everyday speech reminding young and old alike that everyone's lives were entwined in this marvelous, divine drama that was far higher, far greater than the daily events of their lives. People back in the middle Ages – before the age of science and the enlightenment – back then people realized that their lives were a part of a very big story of God's dealings in this world.

But we don't live in the middle Ages, no, we live in the postmodern era where people feel embarrassed to talk about God or include Him in everyday language. We live in an age where the transcendence of the great story has been splintered and subdivided into a whole bunch of smaller, disconnected stories. No wonder we feel alienated and separated from each other. 

Oh, tragedy still moves us to tears and heroism still lifts our spirits, but as it says in the book The Sacred Romance, "we have no larger context into which to fit these events." Our culture is unable to fit all the fragments and pieces of individual life stories into any kind of a meaningful, larger framework. That's what happens when we forget the Author—capital A—and we forget the big story of His greatness, His holiness and His sacrificial love. 

So friend, today in this post modern era does your life seem fragmented? Do you feel like you're just out there random, without any real direction? Well, hey, you're a Christian, remember, you're a part of God's great story, and remember this, every day of your life-whether you realize it or feel like it or not-every day is weighted with kingdom purpose, eternal significance, and high destiny. 


Music: All Glory, Laud and Honor. Words: Theodulph of Orleans. Music: Melchior Teschner. Public Domain

© Joni and Friends

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