Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. John 6:68
I seem to be a bit hung up on the idea of “words” this month. We sang this hymn in church recently, and it really appeals to me, so I thought I would share it on the blog.
It was written by Philip Bliss. At 25, Philip was an itinerant music teacher making only $13 a month. In 1869 he formed an association with evangelist Dwight Moody and by 36 he was earning a fortune with the royalties received from his compositions. He gave much of it away to charity. “Wonderful Words of Life” was produced in 1874 for the first issue of a religious paper named Words of Life, published by Fleming H. Revell in New York City, NY. Two years later, he and his wife were killed when seven cars of their Chicago-bound train, while they were riding their Chicago-bound express through crashed through the trestle of a railroad bridge and plunged into the river below. This song had its first hymnbook appearance in the 1878 Gospel Hymns No. 3, edited by Ira David Sankey. Listen and enjoy these wonderful words! You can’t hear them too often.