Walking this life

we will encounter great strife

Around every bend

could be the ultimate end

Reaching for hope

allows us to cope

Turning to the word

we can wield a sure sword

Inflicting the enemy

with wounds for the world to see

Making clear the path

that we might avoid His wrath

Expecting to move toward

His loving grace and future reward

—Timothy W. Ketcham, December, 27, 2017

My Favorite Christmas Hymn: O Holy Night!

“Therefore, the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.” Luke 1:35 (CSB)


During this time of Advent it is quite common for us to sing and play hymns that are only sung and read during this time of year. It is actually quite sad since most of these hymns speak of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. For me many of these songs ring out all year long.

What I have found to be my favorite Christmas hymns is “O Holy Night!” Often we neglect to look at or sing the second and third verses which contain the ultimate message of Jesus. These verses explain to us His mission and our promised status. Please read, or sing them for yourself.

                      O Holy Night!
O holy night the stars are brightly shining
It is the night of our dear Savior's birth
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
Til He appeared and the soul felt its worth
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn
Fall on your knees O hear the angel voices
O night divine O night when Christ was born
O night, O holy night, O night divine

(verse 2)
Led by the light of faith serenely beaming
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand
So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming
Here came the Wise Men from Orient land
The King of kings lay thus in lowly manger
In all our trials born to be our friend
He knows our need to our weakness is not stranger
Behold your King before Him lowly bend
Behold your King before Him lowly bend

(verse 3)
Truly He taught us to love one another
His law is love and His gospel is peace
Chains shall he break for the slave is our brother
And in His name all oppression shall cease
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we
Let all within us praise His holy name
Christ is Lord o praise His name forever
His pow'r and glory evermore proclaim
His pow'r and glory evermore proclaim

May we be able to recognize Jesus our Savior and God our Father in this season of celebration!

Poetry and Hymns: Music to My Heart and Soul!

Two of my favorite things are reading and writing poetry along with singing and reading hymns. Both of these things ease my mind and give me a sense of peace. Now when I read poetry I read several different genres but my utmost favorite is Christian poetry. Some of the folks I enjoy reading are Michael Wigglesworth, William Cowper, John Newton, Isaac Watts, Anne Bradstreet, and Charles Wesley.

My favorite Christian poet to read from though is George Herbert. Today I wish to share with you one of his poems that I believe fits well into the Advent season as look forward to celebrating the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ in a few short weeks.


Let foreign nations of their language boast,    
What fine variety each tongue affords:          
I like our language, as our men and coast:      
Who cannot dress it well, want wit, nor words   
How neatly do we give one only name             
To parents' issue and the sun's bright star!    
A son is light and fruit; a fruitful flame      
Chasing the father's dimness, carried far       
From the first man in th' East, to fresh and new
Western discoveries of posterity.               
So in one word our Lord's humility              
We turn upon him in a sense most true:          
     For what Christ once in humbleness began, 
We him in glory call, The Son of Man.

Hymns are another form of poetry in many ways. Tomorrow I will share with you a favorite hymn of the Christmas season. Keep looking for God in your every day life. He is right there. Do you recognize Him.


tanding strong for God I long

reading on rough water

very day to him I pray

accepting what He offers

D welling in amazing grace

or His glory I am living

always knowing His love holds strong

S ufficient and forgiving

ruly steadfast is His grip to those within His hand 

–Timothy Ketcham   10/19/15