Thomas Chisholm was born in Franklin, Kentucky in 1866. He became a Christian as an adult and became an ordained Methodist minister. Unfortunately due to failing health, he was unable to stay in the ministry. Eventually he moved to New Jersey where he opened up an insurance office.

Throughout Thomas’s life, he wrote hundreds of poems. He is most well known for a poem he wrote in 1923. After writing the poem, “Great Is Thy Faithfulness,” based on Lamentations 3:23, Thomas sent the poem to his friend and fellow Methodist Minister, William Runyan. William then wrote the music to the hymn we know today.

In listening to any song, it’s meaningful to look at the author’s life circumstances as context to the lyrics. Thomas was a man with many health challenges. Due to his health, his income was limited. I feel in many ways like I can relate to Thomas’s place in life. Having dealt with chronic pain for close to a decade, sometimes your only choice is to leave your circumstances to God’s divine providence.

Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
There is no shadow of turning with Thee,
Thou changest not, Thy compassions they fail not,
As Thou hast been, Thou forever wilt be.

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!

Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon, and stars in their courses above;
Join with all nature in manifold witness,
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love.

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today, and bright hope for tomorrow
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside.

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