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Meditations

Join us as we journey through the 2022 Lenten Season. Between March 2nd and April 17th, we will Fast and Pray every Wednesday. The fasting period will begin at 12 am and end at 6 pm. During this period we will collectively pray at 6 am, 12 pm, and 6 pm using the morning conference line (518-351-9376). You may only consume water or 100% juice during this period. Note: If you take medication and require food, please eat a light meal if possible. We will not be fasting Thursdays through Tuesdays, but we will still collectively pray at 6 am. We encourage you to give up something as a sacrifice to God during this journey. Mediations will be posted daily to our website and FaceBook page. When you feel like giving up, think of Jesus' sacrifice for us, and let that be your motivation through this period.

Great Is Thy Faithfulness by Thomas O. Chisholm

by Dr. Zelda Robinson on April 12, 2022
One of my absolute favorite hymns is, “Great Is Thy Faithfulness.” This hymn along with the passage of scripture which is associated with it, serves as a personal reminder of the loving and compassionate God I serve, He is GREAT and faithful. The song extols the faithful character of God., who never changes. His faithful character is demonstrated in His compassion, “morning by morning” He gives, “new mercies.”

This hymn was written by Thomas Obadiah Chisholm, born in Franklin, Kentucky. Although he lacked formal education, he became a teacher at age sixteen and the associate editor of his hometown weekly newspaper, by age twenty-one.

Chisholm was an ordained Methodist minister, but due to health issues, he only served a single, brief appointment at Scottsville, Kentucky. Over his lifetime, he wrote more than 1200 poems, 800 of which were published. This particular hymn was originally written as a poem which was turned into a hymn in 1923. Chisholm is said to have given the poem to William Marion Runyon, a close friend. Runyon was also a Methodist preacher and a music teacher. The two of them collaborated on more than 20 hymns.

There’s no tragic story associated with this hymn. It is a hymn that describes several reasons why we can trust in God’s faithfulness. It has three verses and a chorus which reemphasizes God’s faithfulness.  Verse 1 speaks of God’s faithfulness revealed in his Word. Verse 2 tells us of God’s faithfulness revealed in creation. And verse 3 reminds us of God’s faithfulness revealed in our lives. God forgives all our sins, fills us with His peace, and assures us of His presence. He gives us strength, hope, and blessings that are too numerous to count!

This hymn expresses the words of a faithful man with a simple faith in a faithful God. “Great is Thy Faithfulness” should encourage every Christian who thinks of their life as ordinary. God is FAITHFUL, in whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. God’s promises are true. He never changes and His compassions never fail, morning by morning they are new!

22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” Lamentations 3:22-24

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