Monday, October 12, 2009

Gerhard Tersteegen (1697-1769) was one of many so-called German Pietists, known for their desire to stir the hearts of their followers in order for them to live holy and pious lives. Tersteegen was an amazing writer and preacher who also wrote several hymns (some of which were translated by John Wesley from the German into the English). In light of our recent discussion on finding joy in the midst of death, I found one of his hymns that I thought was inspiring and helpful, so I thought I'd share a portion.

Pilgrim Song

"On, oh beloved children

The evening is at hand,

and desolate and fearful

The solitary land.

Take heart! the rest eternal

Awaits our weary feet;

From strength to strength press onwards

The end, how passing sweet."