If God Had Chosen Quarantine by P.M. Gilmer

If God Had Chosen Quarantine What if God had chosen to quarantine Himself (as the agnostics would have us believe)? To be isolated from the virus of man, to keep a social and moral and holy distance from Heaven to earth, (six feet, six miles–it may as well be a million of either), then whatContinue reading “If God Had Chosen Quarantine by P.M. Gilmer”

National Poetry Month 2020

Today is the last day of National Poetry Month, and I hope you’ve spent some time reading poetry during this unusually stressful month. I have been dipping into several authors including: Malcolm Guite, Jeanne Murray Walker, Edward Clarke, George Herbert, and Luci Shaw. I have also been reading the book of Isaiah, taking more noticeContinue reading “National Poetry Month 2020”

Frances Ridley Havergal Her Death

Like a river glorious, is God’s perfect peace; Over all victorious, in its bright increase. In a previous post, I wrote of the accomplishments of Frances Havergal and the way she sought to glorify the Lord in all she did. Now, I will recount some of the account concerning her death. Havergal suffered ill healthContinue reading “Frances Ridley Havergal Her Death”

Frances Ridley Havergal–Her Life

  I enjoy learning about the hymn writers of my favorite hymns because it makes them more meaningful and puts a face and a life to the words. It’s easy just to sing the words of a familiar song and forget that someone wrote them because of a particular event in their life or becauseContinue reading “Frances Ridley Havergal–Her Life”

One Starry Night–A Christmas Poem (part 3)

One Starry Night (part 3) A manger, they knew, would be found where the animals were fed, so they made their way behind the first inn and followed the sounds (and smells) of animals whose nightly slumber had been disturbed. Quietly, they approached a cave carved into a small hill where the soft, smoky glowContinue reading “One Starry Night–A Christmas Poem (part 3)”

One Starry Night–A Christmas Poem (part 2)

One Starry Night (part 2) The shepherds all gathered together to discuss this news that had been given to them. “Could this be true?” one old grizzled veteran shepherd asked. “A baby who is the Christ?” “Did you ever hear such singing?” asked another, his eyes still on the sky and his ears still ringingContinue reading “One Starry Night–A Christmas Poem (part 2)”

One Starry Night–A Christmas Poem (part 1)

One Starry Night  (part 1) A long day finally over, the sheep now settled to sleep. The weary shepherds found places to rest–some to lay their heads; others to keep watch over their flocks (many of them destined to be a sacrifice for man’s sins), alert for any dangers that might be lurking or for anyContinue reading “One Starry Night–A Christmas Poem (part 1)”

“Man of Sorrows! What a Name”

“Man of Sorrows! What a Name,” a hymn also known by its repeating refrain “Hallelujah! What a Savior!” was written in 1875. The author, Philip P. Bliss, took his title from Isaiah 53. Who has believed what he has heard from us? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? For heContinue reading ““Man of Sorrows! What a Name””

How Firm a Foundation

April is National Poetry Month and though I don’t read as much poetry as I would like–between studying the Psalms and some hymns, I have been reading more poetry than usual. We don’t often think of hymns as poetry, but when we take the time to read  and hear the words, we often find beautifulContinue reading “How Firm a Foundation”