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William Cowper: A Great Hymn Writer Suffered Bouts of Insanity

2 Sep

William Cowper: A Great Hymn Writer Suffered Bouts of Insanity

Last night in choir we were talking about hymn writers who have been hospitalized for mental illness. William Cowper may be the best known of them. He wrote “There is a Fountain Filled with Blood” which is one of my favorite hymns.

His story, and those of others, only goes to prove that we are the imperfect vessels carrying the perfect light of Christ. If anyone feels the compulsion to distance himself from someone like William Cowper, our brother in the Lord, he may be doing that because he finds much more sufficiency in himself than is actually there.

We are all broken or cracked vessels in so many ways. God uses us this way because the excellency of the light showing through our brokenness is the excellency of Christ, not our own!

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