I’m excited to have you meet Trisha Robertson – lover of Christian fiction, reviewer extraordinaire, and all-around neat sister in Christ. Today you’ll get her views on some favorite old hymns (complete with video clips!). I loved learning the history of these familiar old songs. And be sure to check out her website where you’ll discover a wide assortment of reviews, give-aways, and fun book-related info.
In anticipation of the June 21 release of my newest book, Open Circle, I’m giving away an e-reader copy to someone who comments below. We’d love to hear about YOUR favorite music. Now, here’s Trisha!
Five Favorite Hymns
Some of my earliest memories are of singing hymns. Many a Friday evening the family would gather in my grandparent’s living room around the piano. Grandma playing the piano and my mother and her two younger sisters singing three-part harmony. We would sing hymns for what seemed like hours, and I loved every moment of it! It wasn’t just our immediate family that enjoyed singing hymns. Every summer the extended family on my Grandmother’s side would gather together for a weekend at a campground. The singing of hymns would go on until voices gave out. Nearly 100 family members (give or take a few) gathered together, singing hymns. Have you ever watched one of the Gather youtube videos? It was like that! So when Stacy invited me to write a post on any topic, this was the first thing that came to mind. Of course, narrowing down my favorites to only five isn’t easy, but let’s take a look at 5 of my long list of favorites!
What A Friend We Have In Jesus
Written by Joseph Scriven as a poem in 1855 in a letter to his mother. The tune to the hymn was composed by Charles Crozat Converse in 1868. If you’d like to hear the full story behind the song you can watch a short video clip on YouTube here.
The lyrics were written in 1873 by a blind hymn writer, Fanny Crosby to the music written in 1873 by Phoebe Knapp. The hymn first appeared in the July 1873 issue of Palmer’s Guide to Holiness and Revival Miscellany. To learn more about this song and the writer you can watch a short clip here.
Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
Penned by the 18th-century pastor and hymnodist Robert Robinson in 1757. Often thought to parallel the story of The Prodigal Son. To watch a short video clip on the story behind the song, visit this link.
How Great Thou Art
Based on a traditional Swedish melody and poem written by Carl Boberg in Monsteras, Sweden in 1885, it was translated into German, then into Russian and later into English by missionary Stuart Hine, who added two original verses of his own. It gained in popularity in the late 1960’s. To learn more, watch a short video clip here.
It Is Well With My Soul
This hymn is written by Horatio Spafford and composed by Philip Bliss. First published in 1876. To watch a short video on the story behind the song click here.
I hope you take time to watch the video clips sharing the history of these beloved songs, or at the very least take a moment to listen to the songs and meditate on the lyrics. May this time spent enjoying these hymns draw you closer to God and bring a blessing to you today.
Meet the Author:
Trisha discovered a love of books at a young age. Growing up in Appalachia, stories have always played a central role. As a devourer of historical Christian fiction, Christian Romance, and Cozy Mysteries, she finds joy in sharing the love of the stories she reads with others. She loves her family and spending quiet time with God. When she’s not busy taking care of her family, or at work, you can find Trisha curled up with a hot beverage and a good book, traveling to historic locations, and making new friends. Trisha enjoys connecting with authors and readers alike. To learn more visit her blog at: www.joyofreadingweb.wordpress.com.