On this date, April 30, 1854, James Montgomery died. He was the author many songs including the great Christmas carol, “Angels from the Realms of Glory.”
His father, John Montgomery was a Moravian minister in Ireland. When James grew up, he left the church but returned when he got older. He penned these lines upon his return to the Moravian Church which has echoes of the parable of the prodigal son.
“People of the living God,
I have sought the world around,
Paths of sin and sorrow trod,
Peace and comfort nowhere found.
Now to you my spirit turns–
Turns a fugitive unblest;
Brethren, where your altar burns,
O receive me into rest.”