Key Words: Draw nigh to God
blessed song was the result of a visit made by Fanny Crosby to the home of the
man who composed so many of the musical settings for her hymns. She was the guest of Dr. William Howard Doane
and family in
looked forward to these visits not only because they afforded a change of
location and relief from an even-then busy
Late one afternoon, as they were all seated on the front porch of the lovely Doane home, they witnessed the glory of a mid-west sunset with all of the riot of color which only the Creator, Himself, could paint. Though Fanny was blind yet she had witnessed many a sunset through the eyes of her Grandmother Crosby. This day members of the Doane family were her eyes. Then, as the sun began to lose itself beyond the horizon and the evening shadows began to fall, Dr. Doane spoke to Fanny of the nearness of God at a time like this – the marvel of the reality that the great Creator had become the Savior, and day by day our desire should be to live more pleasing in His sight. Suddenly, in a moment of inspiration, Fanny asked Dr. Doane if he would write down a poem which had started in her mind during the discussion. She dictated it line by line, verse by verse, and then a chorus – and so another heart-warming Gospel song had been composed by Fanny Crosby. The next day Dr. Doane wrote the musical setting which has played such an important part in making it one of Fanny Crosby’s best-loved songs.
To the cross where Thou hast died;
Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer blessed Lord,
To Thy precious bleeding side.
What to do:
✞ Draw nigh to God and He will draw nigh to you.
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