Thursday, February 26, 2009

Great is Thy Faithfulness

Great is thy faithfulness
Oh God my father
There is no shadow of turning with thee
Thou changest not
Thy compassions they fail not
As thou hast beenThou forever will be

Summer and Winter
Springtime and Harvest
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above
Join in all nature in manifold witness
To thy great faithfulnessMercy and love
Great is Thy faithfulness
Great is Thy faithfulness
Morning by morning new mercies I see

All I have needed Thy hand hath provided
Great is Thy faithfulnessLord unto me
Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth
Thy own dear presence to cheer and to guide
Your strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow
Blessings all mine with ten thousand aside

Great is Thy faithfulness
Great is Thy faithfulnessMorning by morning
New mercies I see
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided

Great is Thy faithfulnessLord unto me
Great is thy Faithfulness
Great is Thy faithfulness

Morning by morning new mercies I see
All I have needed thy hand hath provided
Great is Thy faithfulness
Lord Unto me.
Photos taken by Wes Roberts
Hymn: written by Thomas O. Chisholm (1866-1960)

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Darby said...

Precious... I love them all and the song too!

Carrie said...

Beautiful! Beautiful song, beautiful kids, beautiful photos!

Laura said...

For those of you interested, I saw this description of the hymn today.

This sacred song has been an all-time favorite among Christians. Popular gospel singer and songwriter Beverley Shea says that it was first introduced to audiences in Great Britain by the Billy Graham Crusades in 1954.

Thomas Obadiah Chisholm was born in a log cabin on July 29, 1866, in Franklin, Simpson County, Kentucky. At age 16, Chisholm's career began in the same small country school house he had elementary training. He did not undergo high school or further training. At 21, he became the associate editor of his home town weekly newspaper, The Franklin Favorite.

Chisholm accepted Christ as personal Savior aged 27, during a revival meeting conducted in his hometown by Dr. H. C. Morrison. At Dr. Morrison's invitation Chisholm moved to Louisville to become office editor and business manager of Morrison's publication, the Pentecostal Herald. Later he was ordained a Methodist minister but had only a year of pastoral work due to failing health. After 1909 he became a life insurance agent in Winona Lake and later in Vineland, New Jersey.

In a heart-uplifting letter dated 1941, Thomas O. Chisholm wrote that although his income has not been enough due to his impaired health, he must record the unfailing faithfulness of God for the "wonderful displays of His providing care" and for which he is "filled with astonishing gratefulness."

In 1923 Thomas Chisholm sent several of his poems to the Rev. W. M. Runyan, a musician associated with the Moody Bible Institute and an editor with the Hope Publishing Company.

Thomas Chisholm wrote more than 1200 poems, many of these have become prominent hymn texts, but 'Great is thy Faithfulness' remains his most famous. Many of his poems have also appeared frequently in religious periodicals such as Sunday School Times, Moody Monthly, and Alliance Weekly.

paula said...

these photos are so sweet.