O God Our Help in Ages Past — 10/21

*****Download this month’s free printable****** O God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come, Our shelter from the stormy blast, and our eternal home! Isaac Watts, 1719 THE HYMN WRITER Isaac Watts, was born in Southhampton, England in 1674 to a Dissenter (non-Anglican) family. At four years old he was quite…

All the Way My Savior Leads Me 1/21

I’m feeling pretty weary these days. I’m guessing many of you are feeling the same. At least that’s the message I’ve been getting via Christmas cards who are endlessly quoting John Sullivan Dwight’s translation of O Holy Night: “A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices, for yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.” {Side…

How Firm a Foundation – August 2020

About four years ago I was out in our backyard doing some gardening around a very old fruit tree. I’m not even quite sure what kind of fruit tree it was because it had never produced anything beyond one wee little baby fruit that just ended up withering away. While I was pulling up weeds…

Jesus! What a Friend for Sinners — July 2020

We’ve been enduring quite a storm for the greater portion of 2020, haven’t we, friends? Here are words and phrases I’ve heard myself repeating: “…unsettling, scary, confusing, difficult to navigate, WHAT in the world is GOING ON, such darkness all around us, maranatha Lord Jesus…”  Beyond just the craziness of a world pandemic, violence, racism,…

If Thou But Suffer God to Guide Thee – May 2020

Georg Neumark, (pronounced Gay-og Noymawk) knew what it means to suffer. Born in Germany in 1621, he lived much of his life during the 30 Years’ War (1618-1648), a war with one of the worst famines, plagues and greatest medical catastrophes in modern European history. Hymnologist Albert Edward Bailey speculates that Neumark’s homeland was at…