Monday, December 24, 2007


It's almost Christmas......and the melodies and lyrics of all the wonderful old, and new, Christmas hymns and songs are filling the air. Along with all the Christmas decorations and dispays everywhere. I have always loved Christmas!!! It is such a special time.....and it's also my Birthday which makes it double precious to me.

Amidst all of the above the melody and lyrics of this beautiful old hymn, lyrics by Edward Mote and music by William B Bradbury written in 1834, keep ringing through my mind and in my Spirit. Just think....a hundred and seventy three years ago!! This is one of the many old hymns I grew up on and my early Christian walk were formed by.


vs 1: My hope is built on nothing less

Than Jesus blood and righteousness;

I dare not trust the sweetest frame,

But wholly lean on Jesus' name.

vs 2: When darkness seems to hide his face,

I rest on his unchanging grace;

In every high and stormy gale,

My anchor holds within the vale.

vs3: His oath, His covenant, His blood,

Support me in the whelming flood;

When all around my soul gives way,

He then is all my hope and stay.

vs 4: When he shall come with trumpet sound,

Oh, may I then in him be found;

Dressed in His righteousness alone,

Faultless to stand before the throne.

Chorus: On Christ, the solid rock I stand;

All other ground is sinking sand,

All other ground is sinking sand.

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Maalie said...

A very Happy Birthday and Festive Season Penless! I trust you will get double the number of gifts for the double celebration :-)

Anonymous said...

I grew up with this song as well and have always loved it!

Blessings to you today!

Tina said...

Oh, I love that hymn! Happy Birthday Susan! It is my MIL's b-day also.

I was so honored to be tagged for that prayer chain, but I just have not had the time to post. But you know I am praying!! How wonderful to have a God who hears and answers prayer!
(((HUGS))) and Happy Birthday!

Daughter of the King said...

Amen...amen...funny...I did the hymn idea as well...
Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Susan,, May this be the best EVER....Thanks for the honor to be tagged in your prayer chain. Such a WONDERFUL GOD WE SERVE.. AND ONE WHO ANSWERS OUR PRAYERS..HALAJULAH(cant spell)Wishing HIM, JESUS, A HAPPY BIRTHDAY TOO.. MAY HE BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY AND A MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OF YOU.. DON

Momma Roar said...

I have always loved this hymn. It really became more meaningful to me when I married a man that works in a limestone quarry - and how I can see all the layers in the rock and what needs to be done to it to blast it away because it is such a strong foundation!!

Wishing you a very merry Christmas and a very happy birthday!!! If I could, I'd be ringing your doorbell to come sing and pull your ears! heehee :-D

PEA said...

May the joy that comes with Christmas Day remain with you throughout the year!! Merry Christmas dear friend, and also Happy Birthday. How wonderful to share the same birth date as our baby Jesus:-) xoxo

Nadine said...

Great song.

Merry Cristmas to you and your family.

annie said...

I know that song by ♥!
Merry Christmas sweet Susan & hope your birthday is full of blessings.

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

Love this song! isn't it so very true? happy birthday sweetie and Merry Christmas to to you and yours!

Morning Glory said...

Merry Christmas, Susan!

Nancy said...

Happy Birthday!!! What an honor to celebrate with Jesus.
That is a great old hymn.

Ruth said...

Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas, Susan!

Dawn said...

I love the old hymns and am so sad that so many are not being exposed to them at all, but only choruses which will come and go with the generations. I could get on my soapbox about that, but will not. I just praise the Lord that we still sing them in our service at our church.

Today I head something singing "White Christmas" on our Christian station. Then she ended it with "Whiter than Snow." It thought that was really great.

I am so far behind. It's Christmas morning and I'm waiting for my caramel rolls to rise so I can bake them and get over to my mom and dad's house for brunch. I LOVE your Christmas tree skirt. What a lot of work.

We have lots of December birthdays and anniversaries in our family, too. Makes for a wild and crazy month!

Have a wonderful, blessed, peace-filled Christmas. How's David doing?

Kansas Bob said...

One of my favorite hymns!

Merry Christmas Susan!

MightyMom said...

Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday. I've missed you friend. I'm back now!!

channelofhealing said...

Love this song so much and I live it too.

Lori said...

I love that song too.

Happy Belated Birthday Susan.

Betty said...


First, The Solid Rock is one of my favorite songs......

So far, we've had a wonderful Christmas season...Tonight, our family of 14 will gather for our Christmas meal and gift opening....

Thank you for your visit and good wishes.....Blessings to you and yours for a healthy, peaceful and prosperous year of 2008......Betty

justabeachkat said...

I thought of you yesterday, but never got around to actually posting - Happy Birthday to you!

I hope your Christmas and birthday was special.


Kristie said...

Oh this is one of my all time favorites I love to sing this one!!!!

Happy belated birthday. My dad celebrated his 70th on the 21st my daughters 15th on the 18th brother on the 28th sister in law on the 30 and brother in law on the 10 and a sister and bro in laws anniversary on the 9th so it was a busy month of celebration here as well.

annie said...

I thought of you on your birthday! Hope it was a wonderful day for you.

Susan Kelly Skitt said...

Standing on that Rock with you... that Rock is Jesus, yes, He's the One!

Crystal said...

Happy Birthday, Susan! And Merry, Merry Christmas! May you enjoy God's richest blessings every day.

I have a niece who celebrates a Christmas birthday too. I love the song you chose to share - the melody is running through my mind now.

Isabelle said...

Happy belated birthday to you and your descendants.

Kelli said...

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your family!

Tiffany said...

I love hymns! Thank you for sharing this one- I needed it today! Happy Happy Brthday! Hope it is filled with joy!

Maalie said...

>In every high and stormy gale, My anchor holds within the vale

That's an interesting metaphor. It seems to be rather confused, why should an anchor be used in a vale?

Penless Thoughts said...

Maalie - In answer to your question: Websters unabridged
1) A tract of low ground between hills; a valley (chiefly Poet.)
2) A little trough of canal; as a pump vale to carry off the water from a ships pump.
3) figuratively, a state of decline or wretchedness.

Maalie said...

Yes, I know what those words mean, Penless. My point is that they are being used metaphorically. Now, it might be nice and poetical but my problem is that once the metaphor is stripped away and you study it closely, it doesn't actually seem to mean much, if anything.

Anonymous said...

I was thinking about this metaphor today and found your discussion on it. I too was wondering what the metaphor might have meant to the writer.

My interest in this mostly lies in the fact that I think this is such a truly inspired song and I just wanted to know.