Near to the Heart of God (Hymn)

Near to the Heart of God
Cleland McAfee (1903)

There is a place of quiet rest,
Near to the heart of God.
A place where sin cannot molest,
Near to the heart of God.

Refrain
O Jesus, blest Redeemer,
Sent from the heart of God,
Hold us who wait before Thee
Near to the heart of God.

There is a place of comfort sweet,
Near to the heart of God.
A place where we our Savior meet,
Near to the heart of God.

Refrain

There is a place of full release,
Near to the heart of God.
A place where all is joy and peace,
Near to the heart of God.

Refrain

I have heard and sung this hymn for years, but, until recently, I did not know the story behind it.  Sometimes knowing the background of a hymn or a hymn writer can help us to more fully understand the hymn itself.  Cleland McAfee wrote this hymn after two of his nieces died of diphtheria.  That must have been a dark time, but he found a place of quiet rest.  He found the same place of quiet rest that we can find in our darkest hours of life.  That place of quiet rest is “near to the heart of God.”

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