225. Afar from Heaven thy feet have wandered

1 Afar from Heaven thy feet have wandered,
Afar from God thy soul has strayed;
His gifts in sin thy hand has squandered,
Yet still in love he calls thee home.

God is near thee. tell the story;
He will hear thy tale of sorrow,
God is near thee, and in mercy
He will welcome thy return.

2 Thy feet have found sin’s way is thorny,
Thy heart has found its pleasures vain,
Thou hast grown weary, and about thee
The gloom has spread of dark despair.

3 The broken heart the Lord will favour,
The contrite spirit he will bless;
He came to be the lost one’s Saviour,
He came to be the sinner’s friend.

4 Tell out thy need, and he’ll befriend thee,
Pour out thy heart’s deep grief to him,
His boundless love, unmeasured mercy,
His free forgiveness are for thee.

Text Information
First Line: Afar from Heaven thy feet have wandered
Author: Richard Slater (1854-1939)
Refrain First Line: God is near thee. tell the story
Language: English
Publication Date: 1986
Topic: The gospel: Invitation
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