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writer. He was preaching in great
meetings and writing inspiring
songs, but he carried a heavy burden.
His wife was not happy with their
lifestyle. Those were times of great
trials and testings. Dr. Weigle moved
his family from California to Florida
in hopes that things would be better,
but he soon realized that nothing
had changed. After a few months, his
wife told him that she was leaving
and that their daughter, who was
their only child, was going with her.
D whispered to her daughter, who
r. Weigle was still writing songs
alone was by her side, ‘If you know
in his older years. One day he
where your father is, please ask him said to me, “Mary, I want you to
to pray for me and see if God can hear the new song that the Lord is
forgive such a sinner as I.’” 3 Some giving me.” I listened as he sang,
years later, Dr. Weigle met his
There are songs we sing of Heaven
second wife, Carrie. It was my joy
while we journey here below,
and honor to meet her and become
friends with her.
And they tell of joys eternal, God will
A there on us bestow.
fter about five years, Charles
began to write songs again. As he
But, one song we’ll sing up yonder,
was sitting at the piano and thinking
when we reach that heavenly place,
about the way God had comforted
hat sad night, after he saw them and cared for him through his time Is the song we’ll sing forever, dear old
leave on the train, he walked the of great sorrow, the words and music
song, “Amazing Grace.”
streets all evening and made his way to “No One Ever Cared for Me Like
Oh what glory, when we sing our
to the pier on Biscayne Bay. There Jesus” came to him. The entire song
he sat and watched the waves go was finished in 30 minutes. Of all
in and out and thought about how the songs that he wrote, this song
Oh, what glory, when we see His
easily he could end his suffering. He became his most famous one. It
said Satan said to him, “Weigle, you has brought comfort to millions of
are suffering. You could end your people around the world.
Oh, what glory, when we sing “Amazing
suffering tonight.” Dr. Weigle told my
Grace” in the homeland of the soul.
husband and me that he jumped
to his feet and said, “Satan, you
hen he finished singing, we
are a liar.” He determined in his
were both in tears. I have
heart that he would go on serving
always treasured the knowledge that
I was one of the first people to hear
this inspiring song.
ight months later, he saw his
estranged wife in Los Angeles.
fter graduation from college,
She laughed about her sin and
my friendship with Dr. Weigle
mocked him. After that scene, he
continued. When my husband,
realized that there was no hope for
James, and I were going to be
reconciliation. A few years later, as
married, we sent him an invitation
she lay on her deathbed, the bride
to our wedding. We still have the
of his youth lamented that she had
3 made the wrong choices in life. “She
gle Ibid., 15.
Dr. Charles Wei
Mar y with
Illinois Church, Olney,
beautiful letter that he wrote to us on
our wedding day while sitting beside
his wife Carrie’s deathbed.
A fter our wedding, James became
pastor of Calvary Baptist Church
in Olney, Illinois. It was a blessing
and an honor to have Dr. Weigle
preach revival services at the church
and stay in our home. We would sit
in awe as he told us story after story
about great revival meetings where
thousands were saved and about
the way God had protected him
and provided for him through
the years. We were inspired when
early in the morning we heard
prayers coming from his room.
O n the last night of the
Dr. Weigle preached a sermon titled
“A Trip to Heaven and Back.” The
congregation sat spellbound. It was
as though we could see the glories
of heaven as he spoke.
to tell you, I will be in heaven.”
When we received news of his
homegoing, we immediately
remembered his words and
rejoiced that he was with the
Savior Whom he loved so much.
were ministering in a church in
the country of Romania, and
a young woman who had lived
all of her life under Godless
communism stood and beautifully
sang “No One Ever Cared for Me
Like Jesus.” The song had pierced
the Iron Curtain and brought peace
and comfort to those who lived
under the bondage of communism.
As I listened to her sing, I rejoiced that
the Lord had given me the privilege of
knowing such a man as Dr. Charles
Weigle and knowing that I had been
J ames and I took him to the airport
in Evansville, Indiana. As we were
saying goodbye to him, he looked
at us with a twinkle in his eye and
said, “One day you will get the word,
‘Old Weigle is gone,’ but I just want
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