Christ is here

The wilderness of sin I roamed

Author: A. H. Ackley
Tune: [The wilderness of sin I roamed]
Published in 1 hymnal

Audio files: MIDI

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1 The wilderness of sin I roamed,
A desert wretched, wild and bare,
With broken heart and weary tread,
My soul within me cold and dead,

And lo! the Christ was there,
To answer pray’r,
To answer pray’r.

2 God gave to me a heavy cross,
Too great a cross for me to bear,
Till bowed beneath the pressing load,
I stopped to rest upon life’s road,

And lo! the Christ was there,
To answer pray’r,
To answer pray’r.

3 I walked within the open tomb,
And gazed upon its black despair,
To see if one there could be found
To guide through that mysterious ground,

And lo! the Christ was there,
To answer pray’r,
To answer pray’r.

4 Man’s timeless Friend, the changeless One,
I searched and found Him everywhere;
The same sad look upon His face
The same undying, boundless grace,

And lo! the Christ is here,
To answer pray’r,
To answer pray’r.

Source: Rodeheaver's Gospel Songs for church, Sunday Schools and evangelistic services #49

Author: A. H. Ackley

Alfred Henry Ackley was born 21 January 1887 in Spring Hill, Pennsylvania. He was the youngest son of Stanley Frank Ackley and the younger brother of B. D. Ackley. His father taught him music and he also studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He graduated from Westminster Theological Seminary in Maryland and was ordained as a Presbyterian minister in 1914. He served churches in Pennsylvania and California. He also worked with the Billy Sunday and Homer Rodeheaver evangelist team and for Homer Rodeheaver's publishing company. He wrote around 1500 hymns. He died 3 July 1960 in Los Angeles. Dianne Shapiro (from ackleygenealogy.com by Ed Ackley and Allen C. Ackley) Go to person page >

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First Line: The wilderness of sin I roamed
Title: Christ is here
Author: A. H. Ackley
Refrain First Line: And lo the Christ was there



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