December 29 – 1876 = Philip P Bliss, hymnwriter dies in train crash.
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
Philip P. Bliss was a talented musician and song writer who eventually turned his talents into writing hymns. He married and his wife too was a talented musician. Philip Bliss became a traveling evangelist and uses his song royalties to help fund his work. On December 29, 1876, Bliss was traveling with his wife and the train they were on crossed a bridge that collapsed in what would later be called the Ashtabula River Railroad Disaster. It is reported that Bliss survived the crash, but went back into the train cars when they caught fire to find his wife, and neither ever re-emerged. The two were part of the 92 deaths that day. His bags were found and inside were the lyrics to an unpublished hymn “I Will Sing of My Redeemer”. It is remembered now among the great Bliss hymns such as “Man of Sorrows What a Name!”, “Dare to be a Daniel”, and “Wonderful Words of Life”. The fourth stanza of “I will Sing of My Redeemer” states, “I will sing of my redeemer, and his heav’nly love for me; He from death to life has brought me, Son of God, with him to be.” Thank God for his heavenly love that transcends death to life eternal.
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