When You’re One Step from God

Have you ever wandered away from your home

Author: Herbert Buffum
Tune: [Have you ever wandered away from your home]
Published in 1 hymnal

Audio files: MIDI

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1 Have you ever wandered away from your home
In a strange and a far-off place?
Do you know what it is to be sad and lone,
And to long for a friendly face?
Then you feel you are out of the world, and sigh
For the sights you have left behind;
And you look and you long for the “By-and-By”
When again friends are home you find.

Chorus:
You’re a million miles from the gates of Peace
When you’re one little step from God;
It seemed easy to drift from the track,
But you find it so hard to get back;
Tho’ the door of Hope may be opened wide
To your feet as you sadly plod,
You’re a million miles from the gates of Peace
When you’re one little step from God.

2 Have you ever tasted the love of the Lord,
And have found it beyond compare?
Did you one time rejoice in His precious Word
And you found help and comfort there?
But the clouds long ago hid your Savior’s face,
And you quailed ‘neath the chast’ning rod,
And you find no enjoyment in any place
When you’re one little step from God. [Chorus]

3 Just a step—yet far enough off to be lost;
Just a step—yet you’re still outside;
Just a step—yet you shrink from the final cost;
Just a step—and so hard you’ve tried!
Then the songs you sang come to haunt your dreams,
And you sigh for the paths you trod;
Tho’ you’re just one shore step from the fold, it seems
You are millions of miles from God. [Chorus]


Source: Melodies of Praise #279

Author: Herbert Buffum

Herbert Buffum was born in La Fayette, Illinois 13 November 1879. He became a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He started preaching at seventeen years of age. He did city mission work up and down the Pacific Coast and later in small towns in Kansas. He began publishing hymns at the age of eighteen. Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916) Go to person page >

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First Line: Have you ever wandered away from your home
Title: When You’re One Step from God
Author: Herbert Buffum
Refrain First Line: You're a million miles from the gates of peace

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