Nearer, my God, to Thee

Nearer, my God, to Thee,
  Nearer to Thee;
E'en though it be a cross
  That raiseth me,
Still all my song shall be
Nearer, my God, to Thee,
Nearer, my God, to Thee,
  Nearer to Thee.
Though, like a wanderer,
  The sun gone down,
Darkness comes over me,
  My rest a stone;
Yet in my dreams I'd be
Nearer, my God, to Thee,
Nearer, my God, to Thee,
  Nearer to Thee.
There let me see the sight,
  An open heaven;
All that Thou sendest me,
  In mercy given;
Angels to beckon me
Nearer, my God, to Thee,
Nearer, my God, to Thee,
  Nearer to Thee.
Then, with my waking thoughts
  Bright with Thy praise,
Out of my stony griefs
  Bethel I'll raise,
So by my woes to be
Nearer, my God, to Thee,
Nearer, my God, to Thee,
  Nearer to Thee.
Jessry Oboya

Juba, Central Equatoria, South Sudan

What a touching Hymn, it brings comfort and inner peace. thanks for those who shared the story behind it, and may God continue resting in peace the souls of the authors and composers.

Torach Jimmy

Kampala, Uganda

Tears roll over my face, when ever am reminded that he is always with me even in the moments I turned away from him, he was always there for me.

This song has always been my turning point even in the darkest days of my life. Thank you God.

Ana Lara

Storrs, Connecticut, United States

“Nearer My God to Thee” was written by British actress, poet, and hymn writer, Sarah Flower Adams, who lived in the early 1800s. Her sister Eliza wrote the original music shortly after Sarah’s performance in London’s 1837 play, “Macbeth, ” where she received excellent reviews. Her desire was to continue with the theater but frail health put an end to her plans. And so she took to writing poems and hymns. Sarah’s pastor was visiting the Adams family one afternoon and mentioned that he was having difficulty in finding a hymn that represented his next week’s sermon, taken from Genesis 28 which recounted Jacob’s dream. Sara spontaneously volunteered to write a hymn for the service. Within a week, “Nearer my God to Thee” was composed. This beautiful hymn spoke to many Christians, and even found its way to the theater that Adams so dearly loved. The song has been sung in several Hollywood films, including the Academy, Award winning films, “San Francisco, ” and “Titanic. ” One Canadian survivor of the 1912 Titanic tragedy recalled that the band played “Nearer my God to Thee” as the ship was sinking. In addition to writing this hymn, the sisters wrote 13 texts and 62 tunes for a hymnal which was published in 1841. The song did not gain great, popularity until it was later joined with the current tune, composed, especially for the text by Lowell Mason, who is sometimes known as the father of American church music. Sarah‘s sister Eliza, who was suffering from tuberculosis, died in 1846. Sarah had faithfully cared for her sister during the illness, but by the time Eliza died, Sarah, too, was showing signs of the disease. She herself passed away in 1848, at age 43. This hymn is associated with two US presidents: It was played as President James Garfield‘s body was laid to rest in 1881 and President William McKinley said that this was his favorite hymn. The hymn was sung across the land in 1901. “Nearer my God to Thee” has been used to bring spiritual comfort and blessing to many-a-believer as it expresses the common yearning of His children to know God, and to experience His presence and victory.

L. Codington

Highly Favoured

i would like to be nearer my God to thee

Kiprop Brian.

Kimnai, Rift Valley, Kenya

All I say is Amen.


Mt.Zion/Jerusalem, State Of Peace

🌺 much thanks 🌺 fr sisteregina k

Joseph Githae Gitaka

Nairobi, Kenya

A very spiritually nourishing song

Ana Lara

Storrs, Connecticut, United States

In English churches since 1861, this hymn was and may still be sung to “Horbury, ” composed by Reverend John B Dykes, and “Saint Edmund, ” by Sir Arthur Sullivan. Both tunes are simple and appropriate but this hymn eventually became best known by a single tune voice, so that its music instantly names it by its words when played on instruments. Such a voice was given it by Lowell Mason’s “Bethany, ” 1856. Why not “Bethel, “ instead? Everyone who notes the imagery of the words must wonder. “Bethany” appealed to the heart of the believer and long ago in America, hymn and tune became inseparable. It is even simpler than the English tunes and a single hearing fixes it in memory.

Faith Kerubo

Nairobi, Rift Valley, Kenya

Awesome song

Tande Reckley

Chesapeake, Virginia, United States

This is the story of Jacob's ladder! Our Lord gives us eternal hope in the sadness of life.

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