I’ve been reading through a book entitled “One Hundred and One Hymn Stories” Written by Carl Price in 1923. It’s interesting. Most of the stories are inspiring and spiritual and wonderful. Some are of people witnessing the deaths of martyrs, some are dealing with “angels” some are results of good service with the poor etc.

Then there’s the tale behind “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” by Isaac Watts. Isaac was the son of a deacon in England’s Independent Church and one day he was making fun of the hymns they had to sing at church. So his dad said, “Well write some then.” Through that sarcastic comment by his father, Watts launched his own hymn writing career which resulted in one of my favorite hymns, When I Survey the Wondrous Cross!

Ah, it’s so good to see fatherly sarcasm benefit the Church! We could certainly use more I think! I’ll be happy to provide some for my kids.

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