Take a Step Nearer

Are you discouraged and burdened with care

Author: Avis M. Christiansen
Tune: [Are you discouraged and burdened with care]
Published in 1 hymnal

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Are you discouraged and burdened with care?
Is your sky darkened by gloom and despair?
Be not disheartened, your Saviour is there,
Take a step nearer to Jesus!

Refrain:
Take a step nearer, nearer to Jesus!
He’s waiting just over the way,
He’s longing to bless you, His will now obey;
Just take a step nearer to Jesus.

2 Do you feel crushed by the Tempter today?
Are you afraid of the clouds o’er your way?
Be not dismayed—trust the Lord as your stay,
Take a step nearer to Jesus! [Refrain]

3 Jesus stands ready to shield you from harm,
Lean on His mighty, all powerful arm;
Safe in His keeping, no fears can alarm,
Take a step nearer to Jesus! [Refrain]

Source: The Voice of Thanksgiving No. 2 #35

Author: Avis M. Christiansen

Avis Marguerite Burgeson was born in 1895 and lived in Chicago all her life. She attended the Moody Church, pastored for many years by Dr. Harry Ironside. In 1917, Avis Burgeson married Ernest Christiansen who later became a vice president of Moody Bible Institute. She was a modest and retiring woman, and sometimes used pen names: Avis Burgesson, Christian B. Anson and Constance B. Reid. She began writing poems in childhood, and before her death in 1985 had written thousands of them. She died in 1985. NN, Hymnary  Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Are you discouraged and burdened with care
Title: Take a Step Nearer
Author: Avis M. Christiansen
Refrain First Line: Take a step nearer, nearer to Jesus
Publication Date: 1916
Copyright: This text in in the public domain in the United States because it was published before 1923.
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