Scripture Verse

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


Fanny Crosby (1820–1915)

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

Music: Ches­ter G. All­en (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of All­en (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


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.


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.


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.