Thomas Chisholm wrote the lyrics for “Great is thy Faithfulness.” This hymn talks about God’s gifts of pardon for sin, enduring peace, guidance, cheer and strength to endure life’s challenges, and hope with which to face tomorrow. Chisholm wanted to praise God for being unchanging, unfailing and unceasing in compassion. He felt that not only all of humanity, but all of creation, joined him in giving thanks and praise to God.
You might assume that Thomas Chisholm’s gratitude was the result of privilege or success. His life was actually quite ordinary. He grew up without the benefit of much schooling. His income was never very large. He was ordained as a Methodist minister, but served for only one year due to illness. Even though Thomas Chisholm lived to be 94, he struggled with poor health throughout his life.
Thomas Chisholm’s life was marked by suffering, but he considered himself blessed, because God had provided for him, cared for him and been faithful in the promises which God had made. We can give God thanks for these same blessings.
Redeeming God, you generously pour your love into our lives through the Holy Spirit. Thank you for sending your beloved Son to redeem us. Amen. — KLS