Scripture Verse

I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against Heaven and you. Luke 15:18

Introduction

Words & Mu­sic: Will­iam J. Kirk­pat­rick, Win­ning Songs (Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: John J. Hood, 1892) (🔊 pdf nwc). Kirk­pat­rick wrote this song at a camp meet­ing in Raw­lins­ville, Penn­syl­van­ia, with a ve­ry spe­ci­fic pur­pose: to win the soul of his so­lo­ist, a non­be­liev­er. Af­ter Kirk­pat­rick prayed for the young man, these words came to him. He wrote them down quick­ly, and af­ter the so­lo­ist sang them that night, he be­came a Chris­tian.

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William J. Kirkpatrick
(1838–1921)

Lyrics

I’ve wandered far away from God,
Now I’m coming home;
The paths of sin too long I’ve trod,
Lord, I’m coming home.

Refrain

Coming home, coming home,
Nevermore to roam,
Open wide Thine arms of love,
Lord, I’m coming home.

I’ve wasted many precious years,
Now I’m coming home;
I now repent with bitter tears,
Lord, I’m coming home.

Refrain

I’m tired of sin and straying, Lord,
Now I’m coming home;
I’ll trust Thy love, believe Thy Word,
Lord, I’m coming home.

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My soul is sick, my heart is sore,
Now I’m coming home;
My strength renew, my hope restore,
Lord, I’m coming home.

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My only hope, my only plea,
Now I’m coming home;
That Jesus died, and died for me.
Lord, I’m coming home.

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I need His cleansing blood, I know,
Now I’m coming home;
O wash me whiter than the snow,
Lord, I’m coming home.

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