Here I am! I stand at the door and knock.@Revelation 3:20
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Fanny Crosby
(1820–1915)

Words: Fan­ny Cros­by, in Roy­al Di­a­dem, ed­it­ed by Ro­bert Low­ry & How­ard Doane (New York: Big­low & Main, 1873), num­ber 93.

Music: W. How­ard Doane (🔊 pdf nwc).

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W. Howard Doane
(1832–1915)

The ed­it­or of a re­li­gious per­i­od­ic­al in the South sends me the fol­low­ing in­ci­dent, which oc­curred while he was hold­ing meet­ings in a small town:

One night a prom­inent man of the coun­try, not a Chris­tian, was in town. Hav­ing heard of the fine sing­ing, he went to the meet­ing for a few min­utes to lis­ten to a song or two. He heard on­ly one song and then went away; but that song went with him. It was On­ly a step to Je­sus! Then why not take it now?

The words stayed with him, and were re­peated ov­er and ov­er. They came back to him the next day, and awak­en­ed in­qui­ry re­gard­ing him­self which at last led him in­to re­pent­ance and a hap­py con­version. Ma­ny people wept as he re­lat­ed his ex­per­i­ence be­fore the church.

Sankey, p. 212

Only a step to Jesus!
Then why not take it now?
Come, and thy sin confessing,
To Him, thy Savior, bow.

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Only a step, only a step,
Come, He waits for thee;
Come, and thy sin confessing,
Thou shalt receive a blessing;
Do not reject the mercy
He freely offers thee.

Only a step to Jesus!
Believe, and thou shalt live;
Lovingly now He’s waiting,
And ready to forgive.

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Only a step to Jesus!
A step from sin to grace;
What has thy heart decided
The moments fly apace?

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Only a step to Jesus!
O why not come and say,
Gladly to Thee my Savior,
I give myself away.

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