Samuel Wesley, Sr. was the Church of England pastor in tiny Epworth, England. He and his wife Susanna were serving God and raising their family in the small hamlet. On February 9, 1709, their house was set on fire by some angry townspeople. Susanna was awakened by sparks falling on the bed. The thatched roof exploded, and the flames spread like a sheet of lightning.
The parents rushed to rescue their children but all were nearly trapped. But everyone finally managed to escape through windows and the garden door.
Among the things that perished that night was the manuscript of Samuel’s compositions. Penning devotional poetry and hymns has blessed Wesley and he hoped to have these writings published to help the family finances. All was lost that night … except one. The only known surviving hymn from the father of the famous Wesley brothers, became the forerunner for the wonderful hymns that flowed from the pen of Samuel’s famous hymn writing son, Charles. The Hymn appears on page 293 in our United Methodist Hymnal.
Your Ransom’s Paid