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"Here I Raise My Ebenezer"

Bryan D. Spellman

Plains, United States

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Ebenezer United Methodist Church, Marshall County, West Virginia, USA.

The photo’s title comes from the second verse of Robert Robinson’s hymn “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” and, as Kyle Butt, M.A. explains in his article published on-line by Apologetics Press, refers to 1 Samuel 7-12. He further explains:

“The word Ebenezer comes from the Hebrew words ’Eben hà-ezer (eh’-ben haw-e’-zer), which simply mean “stone of help” (see Enhanced…, 1995). When Robinson wrote his lyrics, he followed the word Ebenezer with the phrase, “Here by Thy great help I’ve come.” An Ebenezer, then, is simply a monumental stone set up to signify the great help that God granted the one raising the stone. In Robinson’s poem, it figuratively meant that the writer—and all who subsequently sing the song—acknowledge God’s bountiful blessings and help in their lives.”

NOTE: The use of this quote and the link to Apologetics Press does NOT mean that I approve in any way of their limited theology or hateful teachings.

Photo taken 8/21/2012 along Roberts Ridge Road, Marshall County, West Virginia, USA

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