Scripture Verse

Well done, thou good and faithful servant…enter thou into the joy of thy lord. Matthew 25:21

Introduction

Words & Mu­sic: Scott Wer­de­baugh, 2018 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Scott Werdebaugh (1951)

Origin of the Hymn

This hymn is ded­i­cat­ed to my mo­ther. God gave me the words and mu­sic to Come Away with Je­sus ve­ry ear­ly one morn­ing as I had been re­flect­ing on the time she was on her death­bed at the lo­cal hos­pi­tal. Wea­ry and tired and full of pain, she sum­moned one by one each of my sib­lings to her bed­side where she shared her heart in­di­vid­u­al­ly with each of us.

When she had fin­ished, she was ob­vi­ous­ly ov­er­whelmed with the pain, and was so tired and wea­ry as she strug­gled to stay alive. I on­ly wish I had been able to share this song with her as I be­lieve it would have been of great com­fort to her and her faith.

She died short­ly af­ter. Now she is in Hea­ven, wor­ship­ping God. The hymn be­gins with Je­sus’ words of com­fort to her, fol­lowed by my words of af­firm­ing en­cour­age­ment.

Lyrics

Dear one, you are weary and tired;
You gave Me your best and now need to rest.
Close your eyes and get some sleep;
It is now time to sleep and rest upon My breast.

Jesus is waiting, He’s reaching for you;
His arms are open wide,
To carry you to the other side.
Jesus wants you to see our dear Father.
Jehovah, our Heavenly Father.
Come away with Jesus,
Come away just now.
Rest in Him;
Rest in peace;
Live eternally.
Hear God say,
Well done, My good and faithful servant;
Enter now your rest,
Enjoy My Presence,
Eternally prepared for you!