1 A gracious word of peace comes unto my soul today;
It fills my heart with joy, and drives my care away;
This blessed word assures, tho’ life may be bright or drear,
I’m ne’er alone; I know that God is near.
I am glad that God in love is so near;
It gives me peace and rest
To feel his presence blest;
Yes, I am glad that God in love is so near;
It takes away all fear
And fills my soul with cheer.
2 We can not see him walk along o’er the dusty way,
But close beside his own, he journeys day by day;
He knows the things that try; he sees ev’ry falling tear;
Oh, sweet indeed, to know that God is near. [Refrain]
3 When worldly joys allure, and thoughtlessly I forget
My vows of love to him, he lingers near me yet;
A gentle voice reminds me that I must serve him here,
If I would feel that God is always near. [Refrain]
Mattie was born on August 28, 1860 in Jamestown, Ohio. Mattie developed creative teaching methods such as short poems or sayings, called epigrams, to communicate spiritual truth. She also encouraged students to memorize Bible verses. Mattie increased her sphere of influence when, from 1894 until 1911, she edited two publications, Lookout and Christian Standard. She died on August 38, 1929 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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