Archive for January 1st, 2015

In the beginning was the Word, and

the Word was with God, and

the Word was God.

– Joh 1.1

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“Certainty is the mark of the common sense life,

gracious uncertainty is the mark of the spiritual life.”

– Oswald  fr. My Utmost for His Highest

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One year from today you (– I) will be bigger sinners or

better saints than we are today – – –

if we are not already in hell or in heaven.  

– eab, 1/31/14

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The snow came down   With not a sound

And lay all around   Covering a cold ground.

It piled up on wall,   And on trees tall,

A blanket over all;   As leaves had been in fall.

– eab, Jan. ’65

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Lewis Hartsough died 1/1/1919 at Mount Vernon, IA.  He had been born 8/31/1828 at Ithaca, NY.  He graduated from the Cazenovia Seminary, was ordained a Methodist and joined the Oneida Conference. About 1868 he moved west (for health reasons) and became superintendent of the Utah Mission, then presiding elder of the Wyoming District.  He also served as musical editor for Joseph Hillman’s Revivalist.  In 1871 Hartsough became the Methodist pastor of Epworth, Iowa – it was there He wrote this song at a revival meeting.

Ira Sankey wrote, “The words and music of this beautiful hymn [I hear Thy welcome voice] were first published in a monthly, entitled, Guide to Holiness, a copy of which was sent to me in England.  I immediately adopted it, and had it published in Sacred Songs and Solos.  It proved to be one of the most helpful of the revival hymns, and was often used as an invitation hymn in England and America.”

I hear Thy welcome voice That calls me, Lord, to Thee,

For cleansing in Thy precious blood That flowed on Calvary.


I am coming Lord! Coming now to Thee!

Wash me, cleanse me in the blood That flowed on Calvary!


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