Tunes03 Feb 2006 12:08 pm

Music has always been an important part of my life.  My kids were amazed at first at my ability to name most any rock/pop tune from the last 20 years within 10 seconds. Now they wonder how I can remember this, but forget to give them lunch money!  I digress.

I grew up in a wonderful church, Mclaurin Heights Baptist Church, with a wonderful Minister of Music, Eric McNair.  Eric brings so much enthusiasm to the music, that it was and is a great blessing to me.

Most all of the hymns, were the “old” hymns.  I like a lot of the contemporary hymns, but the words, and melodies of the old hymns have been burned in, and bring hope, and encouragement in times of trouble.

With this in mind,  Near to the Heart of God, is one of my favorites.

There is a place of quiet rest,
Near to the heart of God.
A place where sin cannot molest,
Near to the heart of God.

O Jesus, blest Redeemer,
Sent from the heart of God,
Hold us who wait before Thee
Near to the heart of God.

There is a place of comfort sweet,
Near to the heart of God.
A place where we our Savior meet,
Near to the heart of God.

O Jesus, blest Redeemer,
Sent from the heart of God,
Hold us who wait before Thee
Near to the heart of God.

There is a place of full release,
Near to the heart of God.
A place where all is joy and peace,
Near to the heart of God.

I think the writer of this song, may have been thinking of a place like this.

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