Nearer My God to Thee
Sarah Adams 1805-1848
Sarah’s mother died when she was five. For a while she was an actress in London but hard to leave the stage at age thirty two due to poor health. Her sister was also in poor health and Sarah began wo question God.
Her pastor asked her to write a hymnal and with her sister’s help they wrote sixteen new hymns.
Most of us know this song from the story of the Titanic but the words of this hymn were written to go with her pastor’s sermon on Jacob’s ladder. It helps us to see that every step we take draws us nearer to God.
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.
- Refrain: Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee!
Though like the wanderer, the sun gone down, Darkness be over me, my rest a stone; Yet in my dreams I’d be nearer, my God, to Thee.
There let the way appear, steps unto Heav’n; All that Thou sendest me, in mercy giv’n; Angels to beckon me nearer, my God, 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.
Or, if on joyful wing cleaving the sky, Sun, moon, and stars forgot, upward I’ll fly, Still all my song shall be, nearer, my God, to Thee.
There in my Father’s home, safe and at rest, There in my Savior’s love, perfectly blest; Age after age to be nearer, my God, to Thee