Draw Me Nearer

During my four years and four months at The Hood, I’ve always had a hymnal in my home. Upon packing my books up, I realized that said hymnal did not belong to me; it needed to be returned. Thankfully, I was able to use it one last time to reminisce.

During what will most likely be my last communion service at my church, we sang two hymns that the Lord completely used to remind me of some things. The first forced me to make a decision: will I embrace this time (of uncertainty, of unemployment, etc.) as a good and worthy lesson to be harvested? And the second hymn affirmed my decision. I choose Jesus.

Trusting Jesus — Edgar P. Stites

Simply trusting every day, Trusting thro’ a stormy way;
Even when my faith is small, Trusting Jesus– that is all.

Trusting as the moments fly, Trusting as the days go by;
Trusting Him whate’er befall, Trusting Jesus– that is all.

Brightly doth his Spirit shine Into this poor heart of mine;
While He leads I cannot fall, Trusting Jesus– that is all.

Trusting as the moments fly, Trusting as the days go by;
Trusting Him whate’er befall, Trusting Jesus– that is all.

Singing if my way is clear, Praying if the path be drear;
If in danger, for Him call, Trusting Jesus– that is all.

Trusting as the moments fly, Trusting as the days go by;
Trusting Him whate’er befall, Trusting Jesus– that is all.

Trusting Him while life shall last, Trusting Him till earth be past;
Till within the jasper wall, Trusting Jesus– that is all.

Trusting as the moments fly, Trusting as the days go by;
Trusting Him whate’er befall, Trusting Jesus– that is all.

In the Garden — C. Austin Miles

I come to the garden alone, While the dew is still on the roses;
And the voice I hear, falling on my ear, The Son of God discloses.

And He walks with me, and He talks with me, And He tells me I am His own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there None other has ever known.

He speaks, and the sound of His voice Is so sweet the birds hush their singing;
And the melody that He gave to me Within my heard is ringing.

And He walks with me, and He talks with me, And He tells me I am His own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there None other has ever known.

I’d stay in the garden with Him Tho’ the night around me be falling;
But He bids me go, thro’ the voice of woe; His voice to me is calling.

And He walks with me, and He talks with me, And He tells me I am His own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there None other has ever known.

And one more that we sung this morning at church. I can’t get it out of my head today.

I Am Thine, O Lord — Fanny J. Crosby

I am Thine, O Lord; I have heard Thy voice, And it told Thy love to me.
But I long to rise in the arms of faith, And be closer drawn to Thee.

Draw me nearer, nearer blessed Lord, To the cross where Thou hast died.
Draw me nearer, nearer blessed Lord, To Thy precious bleeding side.

Consecrate me now to They service, Lord, By the pow’r of grace divine.
Let my soul look up with a steadfast hope, And my will be lost in Thine.

Draw me nearer, nearer blessed Lord, To the cross where Thou hast died.
Draw me nearer, nearer blessed Lord, To Thy precious bleeding side.

O the pure delight  of a single hour That before Thy throne I spend,
When I kneel in prayer and with Thee, my God, I commune as friend with friend!

Draw me nearer, nearer blessed Lord, To the cross where Thou hast died.
Draw me nearer, nearer blessed Lord, To Thy precious bleeding side.

There are depths of love that I cannot know Till I cross the narrow sea;
There are heights of joy that I may not reach Till I rest in peace with Thee.

Draw me nearer, nearer blessed Lord, To the cross where Thou hast died.
Draw me nearer, nearer blessed Lord, To Thy precious bleeding side.

May it be so.

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One thought on “Draw Me Nearer

  1. I still have a sweet memory of one time as a camper when Kim W burst into a solo of In the Garden in the middle of a bonfire talk, and have loved that hymn ever since…
    love them all actually, three precious reminders and prayers. wow, how I miss that church!
    check out “If Thou But Suffer God to Guide Thee”…good word.
    praying for you!

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