Tuesday, February 21, 2006
Where Shall My Wondering Soul Begin?
Last April, I had the opportunity to visit Aldersgate Street in London, where John Wesley's heart was "strangely warmed."
The house is gone now -- but the significance remains.
On May 24, 1738, after a long spiritual quest, Wesley entered into the deeper life of faith. To put it another way: he moved! He switched residences -- from "religion dwelling" to "faith living."
Just three days before, his brother, Charles, had entered in -- gloriously! (On Pentecost Sunday, fittingly!)
Charles was up late on the 24th, putting finishing touches on a hymn, when there was a knock at the door.
"Towards ten, my brother was brought in triumph by a troop of our friends, and declared 'I believe!' We sang the hymn with great joy. . ."
Can you imagine, these brothers and friends, gathered by candlelight, around a freshly written parchment, and singing these words wholeheartedly and tearfully? Where Shall My Wondering Soul Begin?