I Love Dolly Parton
1 Corinthians 7:14
For the believing wife brings holiness to her marriage, and the believing husband brings holiness to his marriage. Otherwise, your children would not be holy, but now they are holy.
Unbelievers are always looking for reasons to believe in Jesus. Aside from being saved from sin and death, family is a really good reason!
1 Corinthians 7:12-16...
If a fellow believer has a wife who is not a believer and she is willing to continue living with him, he must not leave her. And if a believing woman has a husband who is not a believer and he is willing to continue living with her, she must not leave him. For the believing wife brings holiness to her marriage, and the believing husband brings holiness to his marriage. Otherwise, your children would not be holy, but now they are holy. (But if the husband or wife who isn’t a believer insists on leaving, let them go. In such cases the believing husband or wife is no longer bound to the other, for God has called you to live in peace.) Don’t you wives realize that your husbands might be saved because of you? And don’t you husbands realize that your wives might be saved because of you?
I love Dolly Parton. I always have. I remember watching her concert in the UK on HBO in the 80's and she sang gospel songs as well as her popular hits and told the audience boldly not to bother writing her letters if they didn't like her songs of faith because they make up who she is.
Dolly gave the best example of this scripture on a made for tv movie on NBC last night of all things! Her Coat of Many Colors song was made into a movie about the time in her life when she was 9 years old and her mom miscarried a baby and also made a coat out of rags for Dolly. The mother, Jennifer Nettles from Sugarland, was grieving the loss of the baby and the dad, handsome Ricky Schroder, didn’t know how to comfort her, so they grew apart. The Jennifer Nettles character was a Believer and the Ricky Schroder character was not. He felt like his wife didn’t love him anymore, but what was really going on was that she loved him a whole bunch and wasn’t comforted by his love because if something happened to him, she would never see him again. Since she had just lost a baby, death was on her mind and it was like she was grieving for her baby and for the future loss of her husband whom she would never see again because he didn’t want to believe in Jesus.
On top of that, her daddy, Gerald McRaney, is the town preacher. He never got along with Ricky, but comes to visit his son-in-law to try and help save the marriage when Ricky began living in the barn. Ricky admits that God must be cruel to let his baby son die. Gerald says that life is hard, but it’s even harder without God... The story concludes with Ricky taking his family to church on Sunday but waiting outside like he always does. This time he listens from outside nervously chain smoking all the while. He eventually comes inside and declares his love for his estranged wife in front of the whole congregation. Jennifer is crying but tells him that’s not enough. She wants to love him forever AND she want to be with him so they can see their baby in heaven one day together. Ricky’s crying and says, “Ok, I submit my life so I can see him too and be with you.”
THAT’S A GREAT REASON to give your life to Jesus... Our families get to love each other now and for forever!
Thank you for making a way for our family to be together forever. Thank you that we do not mourn like those who have no hope in you. Thank you for Dolly telling her story and giving an opportunity for tons of people to know the benefits and blessings of trusting in you. I love you and pray in Jesus’ name, amen.
PS. I couldn’t believe I was watching this on NBC; it had a bolder Gospel Message than Linus on the Charlie Brown Christmas Special. Check this out! http://www.nbc.com/coat-of-many-colors/video/dolly-partons-coat-of-many-colors/2948111
(Watch starting at the 1:13:20 mark to the end for the best part!)