Charles Wesley

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Charles Wesley – 13 February 2007

Charles Wesley was born nearly 300 years ago on the 18th of December in 1707 in Epworth, Lincolnshire, England and died on the 29th of March in 1788. He was the younger brother of John Wesley, the founder of Methodism.

Charles Wesley, a prolific writer, is said to have written over 6,000 hymns – some say as many as 9,500. You don’t have to be a Methodist to appreciate the inspirational beauty of his words. Among them are some of my favorite hymns:

“Hark! the Herald Angels Sing”
“O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing”
"And Can It Be That I Should Gain?"
"Christ the Lord Is Risen Today"
"Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus"
“Rejoice, the Lord is King”

The last (7th) line of “O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing” fairly well summarizes the Christian message:

“In Christ, your head, you then shall know, shall feel your sins forgiven; anticipate your heaven below, and own that love is heaven.”

"Joyful Curmudgeon"
An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.

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