In 1925, Thomas Chisholm wrote “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” as a testament to God’s faithfulness through his ordinary life and sometimes described himself as “just an old shoe.” Chisholm was born in a Kentucky log cabin in 1866. He began his career as a school teacher at the age of sixteen, he became a pastor at thirty-six, but had to retire due to poor health. Chisholm spent the majority of the rest of his life as a life insurance agent in New Jersey. During his life he wrote over 1200 poems, most of which no one will ever hear.
Chisholm gave this testimony toward the end of his life, “My income has not been large at any time due to impaired health in the earlier years which has followed me on until now. Although I must not fail to record here the unfailing faithfulness of a covenant-keeping God and that He has given me many wonderful displays of His providing care, for which I am filled with astonishing gratefulness.”