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”

“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”

Hymns–Lost in Translation

My last few blogs have been about some favorite hymns and their history. A few more such tales shall be forthcoming, but first I wanted to take a look at some hymns that will not be found in today’s hymn books because, well, times and language change. What might have been sung in all seriousnessContinue reading “Hymns–Lost in Translation”

Tune My Heart to Sing Thy Grace

    “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” is a hymn written by Robert Robinson in 1757. As a young man, Robinson had been apprenticed to be a barber and hairdresser though he was often found reading instead. One day he went with some friends to hear George Whitefield, mostly to mock and harass theContinue reading “Tune My Heart to Sing Thy Grace”