During this Advent season, we will explore the gospel message contained in some of our favorite hymns. This week we turn to “What Child Is This?” This carol was written by William Chatterton Dix who established himself as a successful businessman managing an insurance office in Glasgow, Scotland. But during his late ‘20s he was struck with a near-fatal illness which threw him into a severe depression. While recovering from his illness, he had a spiritual awakening which changed him forever. Dix became an avid reader of the Bible which inspired him to write hymns such as this familiar classic.