Nearer, My God, To Thee
Sarah Fuller Adams wrote many songs. Her most famous hymn was written as a result of a dream, where she found herself standing by the mounds in Bethel. There she saw Jacob, an exile to whom God had revealed himself. That dream inspired a song about God’s being with his people everywhere.
But it was a tragedy that made the hymn famous. As the Titanic was sinking, taking over a thousand people to their death, the ship’s band began playing…and the passengers began singing:
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,
Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to thee!
That great hymn and its message still comfort us today.
By Wendell Harris