1872. The publishing date for a book of poems titled, The Shadow of the Rock*. Listen for your spirit to resonate – look for it to connect – with these long ago words of a fellow Believer.


The twilight falls, the night is near,
     I fold my work away,
And kneel to One who bends to hear
     The story of the day.

The old, old story; yet I kneel
     To tell it at Thy call;
And cares grow lighter as I feel
     That Jesus knows them all.

Yes, all! The morning and the night,
     The joy, the grief, the loss,
The roughened path, the sunbeam bright,
     The hourly thorn and cross.

Thou knowest all – I lean my head,
     My weary eyelids close;
Content and glad while to tread
     This path, since Jesus knows!

And He has loved me! All my heart
     With answering love is stirred,
And every anguished pain and smart
     Finds healing in the Word.

So here I lay me down to rest,
     As nightly shadows fall,
And lean, confiding, on His breast,
     Who knows and pities all!

1872…Something very special happens to me when I consider the longevity of faith’s journey. Throughout the ages folks have knelt with burdened hearts and bowed in humble adoration. For thousands of years.

My grandfather taught me to kneel before the Lord.  He taught by example. He taught with humility. He didn’t instruct with words; he showed me on bended knee. Countless nights I peered at him through the eyes of a young child, sneaking a peek at this Godly man as he met with his Savior at the close of the day. He didn’t know I was standing at the door. Watching. Learning.

“For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His spirit in the inner man (Ephesians 3:14-16).

On bended knee. 
Where two worlds collide in a beautiful lovestory…from generation to generation.

*The Shadow of the Cross, (New York: Anson D.F Randolph and Co.), 1872.

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