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Song of the Week #1 – Great is Thy Faithfulness

Something I’d like to start doing each week is highlighting a favourite song that has some meaning to me, which I will explain in each post.

So…for the next 52 weeks, I’m going to write about 1 song each week, with a few details of why I like the song. This could be the story behind the song from the original writer or how it intersected my life at a certain time in my life – or both.

Hopefully, I don’t run out of songs! 52 songs is a lot, but I think I can do it. We’ll see.

I absolutely love music and it can be a powerful influence in our lives. My playlist is rather diverse, spanning from the 1940s to today from various genres. Rock, Pop, Christian, Jazz & Oldies.

Sorry – I DO NOT listen to country music or rap. I have to draw the line somewhere…and neither of those genres will make it onto my list. 🙂

For week #1 I’d like to point to what is my favourite hymn…and possibly my favourite song of all time.

Great is Thy Faithfulness

A few reasons why I love this song.

#1. The lyrics speak to the Faithfulness of God. Not much more I can say there. From the time I was born, until today God has been Faithful and I have every reason to believe He will continue to be, despite how any situation looks through our human perspective. Given that today is New Years Day, we can reflect on God’s Faithfulness in 2018 and look forward to 2019 with hope.

#2. We sang this song at our wedding, so it will always have a special place in my heart. Every time I hear it, I think back to that day in May 2003. The idea at the time was to point out God’s Faithfulness up until that time, and now looking back 15 years since then, I can still sing the song with confidence.

#3. The story behind the hymn is such a good one. To read the full story of the writer, Thomas Chisholm, click here.

If you don’t go over to read the full story (although I think you should) here’s a quote from the writer when he was about 75 years old, after living in poor health and struggling with various employment situations most of his life.

“My income has not been large at any time due to impaired health in the earlier years which has followed me on until now. Although I must not fail to record here the unfailing faithfulness of a covenant keeping God and that He has given me many wonderful displays of His providing care, for which I am filled with astonishing gratefulness.”

Great is Thy Faithfulness

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