Jesus Keep Me
Near the Cross
Music: William H. Doane 1832-1915
I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Galatians
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.