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cgstewart In 1925, Thomas Chisholm wrote “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” as a testament to God’s faithfulness through his ordinary life and at times described himself as “just an old shoe.” Chisholm was born in a Kentucky log cabin in 1866. He began his career as a school teacher at the age of sixteen, he became a pastor at thirty-six, but had to retire due to poor health. Chisholm spent the majority of the rest of his life as a life insurance agent in New Jersey. During his life he wrote over 1200 poems, most of which no one will ever hear. // Chisholm gave this testimony toward the end of his life, “My income has not been large at any time due to impaired health in the earlier years which has followed me on until now. Although I must not fail to record here the unfailing faithfulness of a covenant-keeping God and that He has given me many wonderful displays of His providing care, for which I am filled with astonishing gratefulness.” // Sources: Gaither.com + Mangrove Safari-Sunset 4w

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cgstewart Charles Wesley wrote over six thousand hymns, but this may have been his best. “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” first appeared in 1739 within the Wesley collection of Hymns and Sacred Poems. In this Christmas carol, we not only join of the shepherds under a canopy of singing angels, we also learn about the child they proclaimed. We discover who He is and what His coming will bring.

Sources: The Complete Book of Hymns + Gertrude Käsebier
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cgstewart “The Hymn of Joy” (often called “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee”) is a poem written by Henry van Dyke in 1907 with the intention of musically setting it to the famous “Ode to Joy” melody of the final movement of Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 9. Van Dyke’s lyrics were first published in 1911 in his Book of Poems, Third Edition.

About this hymn Van Dyke himself wrote: These verses are simple expressions of common Christian feelings and desires in this present time — hymns of today that may be sung together by people who know the thought of the age, and are not afraid that any truth of science will destroy religion, or any revolution on earth overthrow the kingdom of heaven. It is a hymn of trust and joy and hope.

Source: Wikipedia
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cgstewart Joseph M. Scriven was a man familiar with personal tragedy. While in Ireland, his fiancée accidentally drowned on the eve of the wedding. Soon after, he decided to move to Canada. It was there, his second fiancée also died suddenly from an illness shortly before the wedding. With no job in a hard economy, he had to live with friends and acquaintances. In Canada, he was determined to be a friend to those in need, and he became known as the “Good Samaritan of Port Hope.” /// Scriven wrote the words for “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” to accompany a letter to his mother in Ireland when she became ill. Later, when Scriven himself became ill, a visiting friend noticed the hymn scribbled on a scratch paper hear his bed. His friend asked, “Did you write this?” “Well, not completely,” Scriven answered, “The Lord and I did it between us.” /// Source: The Complete Book of Hymns 3mon

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cgstewart Queen Anne of England lay dying in 1714, and had no son or daughter to succeed her. It was during this time that Isaac Watts had reason to worry. At odds with the Church of England, Watts’ father had been imprisoned under the previous ruler because of his congregationalist dissent. Queen Anne had freed Watts’ father from prision under a new tolerance for religious dissent.
In the writing of “O God, Our Help in Ages Past” Isaac Watts turned to Psalm 90 for inspiration. Here God stands above time, and in Him all our anxieties can be laid to rest. When events of the day bring worry and concern, the God of ages remains our eternal refuge.
Sources: Getty Open Content + The Complete Book of Hymns
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cgstewart On a beautiful sunny day in 1882, Louisa Stead, along with her husband and daughter, decided to have a picnic on Long Island Sound. While enjoying their picnic, they heard the cry of a young boy calling for help. Mr. Stead quickly ran to the boy’s aid, but was unable to save the young boy and both he and the boy drowned while Louisa and Lily watched hopelessly from the shore.

When Louisa and Lily were left destitute with no food or way to adequately support themselves, someone would feel led to place a basket of food outside their door. Louisa saw this as the grace of God that provided for her and her daughter in their time of need. After such an occasion, Louisa wrote the words to a poem that later became the hymn, “Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus.” In the years to come, both Louisa and Lily would serve as missionaries in South Africa.

The Refrain
Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!
How I've proved Him o'er and o'er
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
O for grace to trust Him more!

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cgstewart The following excerpt is from Darlene Zschech’s book “Shout to the Lord.” /////// “I think God just means some songs to be written. It’s very embarrassing when people expect some big, dramatic story about a song God gave me in a time when I just needed to hear from Him. I was simply in the right place at the right time. I really feel that God should get the glory from sending this song to all of us when we needed it so much. It just happened to come out of my personal worship time with the Lord. Desperate for His peace, I opened to the Psalms. I sat at our old out-of-tune piano tinkling the keys, and "Shout to the Lord" flowed out from my heart. I sang it over and over again and it lifted me up. Over the next few days, the song stayed with me, and it began to dawn on me that it might be a worship song. /////// I was terribly shy and felt a little embarrassed when I mentioned to Geoff Bullock, the Music Pastor, and Russell Fragar that I thought I had written a song. My hands were sweaty. I could hardly play it, I was so nervous. I kept starting and stopping. It took me twenty minutes to play it because I kept apologizing, “I’m sorry. Change anything you want. I know it’s probably stupid.” Eventually I made them stand with their backs to me while I played them the song. Even when they turned around and said that it was magnificent, I thought they were just being polite. /////// We introduced “Shout to the Lord” into our worship services and it began to spread from church to church. Before we had even recorded it, I began receiving thank-you letters from people all over the world who had sung the song in their churches. /////// I’m still amazed that when my pastor, Brian Houston, heard the song for the first time, he predicted it would be sung around the world. But when I remember that God is the One who gave the song, then I think perhaps I shouldn’t be so surprised. Truly, the song’s greatness comes from Him as all true praise does.” Darlene Zschech /////// Source: Restoration Arts 3mon

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cgstewart Caroline Noel, the daughter of an Anglican clergyman, was born in London in 1817. Early in her young life, Caroline Noel loved and tried to write poems, but gave it up by the age of twenty. Later in life, when bedridden with a serious illness, she took up her writing once again. She named the first collection of her works The Name of Jesus and Other Poems for the Sick and Lonely. It was in this collection that she published the hymn, “At the Name of Jesus.” You might expect the tone of her work to be only comforting and devotional, but this hymn is more divine in nature. It focuses the attention on Jesus and his power, rather than on her sickness and loneliness. The poem is a beautiful paraphrase of Philippians 2:4-11, that shows how Jesus humbled himself on earth and became glorified in heaven.

Sources: Wordwise Hymns + The Complete Book of Hymns
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cgstewart Here I Am, Lord, also known as “I, the lord of sea and sky,” is the well known Christian hymn written by American composer Dan Schutte in 1981. The lyrics are based on Isaiah 6:8 and 1 Samuel 3. Published by OCP Publications, it has become one of the most well known Catholic hymns in use today.

Despite its Catholic origins, Schutte’s hymn is also sung in many Protestant worship services and is found in most Christian hymnals being translated into over 20 languages.

Partial Lyrics
I the Lord of sea and sky, I have heard My people cry.
All who dwell in dark and sin My hand will save.
I who made the stars of night, I will make their darkness bright.
Who will bear my light to them? Whom shall I send?

Here I am Lord. Is it I Lord?
I have heard You calling in the night.
I will go Lord, if You lead me.
I will hold Your people in my Heart.

Source: Wikipedia
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