This is a man who I have only recently Googled, and found that he is an ordained minister in two different denominations (Presbyterian and Episcopalian). He also wrote a number of hymns, one of which has appeared twice in the last 52 weeks.

The first stanza is as such:

Praise the source of faith and learning, who has sparked and stoked the mind
With a passion for discerning how the world has been designed
Let the sense of wonder flowing from the wonders we survey
Keep our faith forever growing and renew our need to pray

It is surely one of the best hymn texts of the 20th century. It may have become famous during the National Prayer Breakfast in 2007. It is also notable for being printed in the United Methodist Church's The Faith We Sing - on page 4, no less. The version in TFWS is with the tune HYFRYDOL, but I've also heard it performed to VIENNA and HYMN TO JOY.

I've been on a bit of a classical music binge recently, so you'll forgive me bringing up Beethoven (who wrote the basis for HYMN TO JOY in his 9th symphony) and Joseph Haydn (composer of VIENNA) on the blog. This post is supposed to be more about the really nice sentiments brought forth by Troeger in his hymn. There are more nice sentiments to be found if your read the text for the other four verses.