I know not why God’s wondrous grace

To me He hath made known;

Nor why, unworthy, Christ in love

Redeemed me for His own.


I know not how the spirit moves,

Convincing men of sin,

Revealing Jesus thro’ the Word,

Creating faith in Him.


I know not when the Lord may come,

At night or noonday fair,

Nor if I’ll walk the vale with Him,

Or meet Him in the air



Daniel Webster Whittle, named after American politician Daniel Webster, wrote this hymn which was originally published in 1883. He was born in Chicopee Falls, MA, November 22, 1840, and died March 4, 1903.  The music was by James McGranahan.


He and his wife Abbie were married August 22, 1862, the night before he went to fight in the Civil War.  A year passed before they were together again.


Daniel’s mother was a godly woman who brought her children up with strong Christian principles and sent a new testament with him when he left for war, Whittle rose to the rank of Major, was wounded, and sent to a POW camp.  It was during this time out of boredom that he began to read and reread this book.


While in the POW camp a dying man was begging for prayer.  Moved with compassion Major Whittle fell to his knees, asked for forgiveness, and prayed with the dying soldier. He firmly believed God used this dying man to bring him (Whittle) to the Lord and, subsequently, to lead the dying man to Christ.


The Bible tells us to be ready in season and out of season.  We never know who God will put in our path so we must be ready to help them.  Who can you help or bless today?  In so doing you will undoubtedly help yourself.


II Timothy 1:12 “I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I’ve committed unto Him against that day.”