Internet forwards, or as I call them; internet gossip pass-alongs, currently sport a story giving credit for the hymn, “Precious Lord take my hand,” to Tommy Dorsey, the famous band leader.
Actually the truth of the matter is that there is more than one Tommy Dorsey, and the famous band leader and trombonist mentioned in the email was born in 1905 and died in 1956.
The Tommy Dorsey who actually wrote, “Precious Lord, take my hand,” was a jazz musician. After an encounter with God he turned to gospel. He was born in 1899 and died in 1993.
Even the story of the song’s history is wrong.
Did it ever occur to any of us that we might be telling lies when we hit forward and send?
This scripture takes on new meaning when we consider how the internet goes about from house to house.
Moreover, as they go about from house to house, they learn to be idlers, and not only idlers, but gossips and busybodies, saying what they should not say and talking of things they should not mention. (1Timothy 5:13, MSG)
Prayer – Lord, we are sorry for mindlessly passing along untruths. Forgive us our internet. Amen