When he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.@Luke 15:20
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Fanny Crosby (1820-1915)

Fanny Crosby, in Bright Jewels, edited by Robert Lowry (New York: Biglow & Main, 1869).

Chester G. Allen (🔊 pdf nwc).

When we turn to God and leave our path of sin,
When the heart, repenting, feels the need of Him;
Then our gentle loving Father, full of pardoning grace,
Comes to meet us with a kind embrace.

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Coming out to meet us on the way,
Coming out to meet us, coming out to meet us,
Oh! the joyful welcome—see the Father now,
Coming out to meet us on the way.

He will guide our feet where quiet waters flow,
He will lead us onward thro’ the vale below;
With His presence and His blessing, cheer us day by day,
He will come to meet us on the way.

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At the cold, dark stream of Jordan when we stand,
He will bear us safely to the promised land;
With His loving arm around us we shall hear Him say,
I have come to meet you on the way.

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