“While visiting an old man, who suffered much from rheumatic gout, ”narrates a Methodist minister of Birmingham, England, ”I was led to start up, ' Sing them over again to me, wonderful words of Life.' When I had finished and while the tears were coursing down his cheeks, he exclaimed, ' Oh, sing them over again to me, those wonderful words of life! for they take my pain away.' And so I repeated that God-sent message to the poor old sufferer, who soon afterward passed away to the land where there is no more pain.
“On another occasion this hymn became very useful to me. I was preaching to a crowded audience at Dartmouth on a Sunday evening, when a young man fell from his seat near the pulpit, and the service was in danger because of the confusion. I started singing, ' Wonderful Words of Life,' in which the whole congregation joined heartily. By the time we had sung the hymn through the young man had recovered consciousness and found his seat again, listening earnestly to my sermon on the theme,' In God's Word there are spirit and life.' Those present thought his case a living illustration of the song and sermon."