This is a good hymn that reflects the feelings of the prodigal son in Lk15. I found a sermon outline of this parable at http://executableoutlines.com/pa/pa_28.htm
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!
Lyrics and Music: William J Kirkpatrick
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
Coming home, coming home, Nevermore to roam,
Open now 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
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
My soul is sick, my heart is sore, Now I’m coming home
My strength renew, my hope restore, Lord I’m coming home
My only hope, my only plea, Now I’m coming home;
That Jesus died, and died for me. Lord, I’m coming home.
I need His cleansing blood, I know, Now I’m coming home;
O wash me whiter than the snow, Lord, I’m coming home.