Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross

Words: Fanny Crosby 1820-1915
Music: William H. Doane 1832-1915

“May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  Galatians 6:14

Fanny Crosby was often asked by composers to put proper words to a new tune.  Sometimes she would listen to the tune and say, “That tune says to me. . .”  It is amazing how often she found a perfect fit.  That happened with this great song about the cross.  Her friend William Doane made such a request and she came through.  The central idea is the cross and our goal is to stay near it.  This hymn was sung at Aunt Fanny’s funeral.

Prayer Focus: Help us walk daily in the shadow of the cross.