Charles was raised in a pastor’s home with a saintly mother. He was religious, but in 1738 he trusted his life to Jesus. In the first year, Charles found victory over his bad temper and his drinking problem. To celebrate his one-year anniversary of his conversion, he wrote a hymn with eighteen verses. His brother, John Wesley, shortened it (thank you, John!) and most hymnals have the original seven through ten verses. We know the hymn as “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing.” May I not just be religious, but may I have a song to sing!

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