Having been raised in a Baptist family in Galt, Ontario, Canada, Sandy married Elspeth (née Drinkwater) of Preston, Ontario, in 1963, and has two grown children. After several years in industry and management positions, Sandy began studies for and training in pastoral ministry. Following a series of health problems that precluded continuing toward ministry as a vocation, he felt led to become an elementary school teacher, with a special affinity for "difficult" students, both in segregated classrooms, and in the regular classes in the system. He devoted much time to Christian camping for children a… Go to person page >
“This Blessed Night” is the fifth set of lyrics written in my current project of providing contemporary words to make use of some of the beautiful old hymn tunes that are most often used with words that are not readily understood and applied to the people of the 21st Century. I am deeply indebted to the Cyber Hymnal for the MIDI files that allow me to browse freely through so many of the old tunes. These lyrics were intended as a prayer for use by any local congregation on Christmas Eve as we enter into the spirit of love and “Peace on Earth, good will to men,” that is at the centre of all celebration of the birth of our Saviour. The rough draft came quickly one night as I listened to William Gardiner’s GERMANY.