On this date, February 27, 1838 in Duncannon, Pennsylvania William Kirkpatrick was born. He wrote the tunes to many favorite hymns, among them Jesus Saves, Tis so Sweet to Trust in Jesus, Redeemed, How I Love to Proclaim It, and one of my favorites, He Hideth My Soul.

He also wrote both words and music to the song

Lord, I’m Coming Home

. Through the years, this song has been one of the most powerful invitation songs.

I’ve wandered far away from God, Now I’m coming home
The paths of sin too long I’ve trod, Lord, I’m coming home.
Coming home, coming home—never more to roam
Open wide thine arms of love, Lord I’m coming home.

Lord, I’m coming home

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