Here is Love Vast as the Ocean –2/21

1. Here is love vast as the ocean, loving-kindness as the flood, When the Prince of Life, our ransom, shed for us His precious blood. Who His love will not remember? Who can cease to sing His praise? He can never be forgotten throughout heav’n’s eternal days! 2. On the Mount of Crucifixion, fountains opened…

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…

Fairest Lord Jesus — March 2020

Very little is known about the origin and circumstances behind the penning of this hymn. Many myths have sprung up over time about the song being one that children and/or soldiers sang during the Crusades, or by German pilgrims on their way to Jerusalem. It first surfaced in print in 1677 in a Jesuit hymn…