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Sunday, October 6, 2013

William Cowper – Comfort from A Tormented Life


2 Corinthians 1:3-7  Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ. And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.  And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation. 

William Cowper, the great hymn writer and poet, was tormented with depression and mental illness off and on for his entire life.  Yet the outpouring of his suffering into the lives of others was a great blessing to many Christians.  To this day his hymns are known and loved by believers around the world.  Read more about him and his struggles here at the Home Maker’s Corner.

Perhaps his most sung hymn: There Is A Fountain Filled with Blood


  1. it's very interesting to read about the lives of the great hymn writer - it can shed light on why they wrote the hymns they wrote sometimes... So many of them went through such difficulties and trials and the beautiful hymns are a result of that.