I will sing the wondrous story
Of the Christ who died for me –
How He left His Home in Glory,
For the cross on Calvary.
Yes, I’ll sing the wondrous story
Of the Christ who died for me;
Sing it with the saints in Glory,
Gathered by the crystal sea.
I was lost, but Jesus found me,
Found the sheep that went astray,
Threw His loving arms around me,
Drew me back into His way.
I was bruised, but Jesus healed me;
Faint was I from many a fall;
Sight was gone and fears possessed me,
But He freed me from them all.
Days of darkness still come o’er me;
Sorrow’s path I often tread,
But the Saviour still is with me –
By His hand I’m safely led.
In 1910, Francis Rowley left the pastorate and followed his other passion – animal welfare, becoming president of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. He held that position until the age of ninety-one, but still worked on as chairman of the board! Rowley’s work led to the purchase of the first motorized horse ambulance, as well as the establishment of a permanent animal shelter to care for retired police horses. He also helped set up the first “Be Kind to Animals” week in the U.S., and led in the formation of a club to encourage young people to protect animals, called The Jack London Club . Truly, Francis Rowley believed in doing his part to help God the Creator to care for His creatures.
WORDS: FRANCIS ROWLEY MUSIC: PETER BILLHORN
S.A.SONG BOOK, 1987 EDITION, # 337; 2015 EDITION, #855
REFERENCE: MORGAN, ROBERT J., THEN SINGS MY SOUL, BOOK 2
Which of these three very different versions do you prefer?