Passing By
by PamFord Davis
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“After bidding them farewell, He left for the mountain to pray.

When it was evening, the boat was in the middle of the sea, and He was alone on the land. Seeing them straining at the oars, for the wind was against them, at about the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea; and ‘He intended to pass by them’ [emphasis mine] But when they saw Him walking on the sea, they supposed that it was a ghost, and cried out; for they all saw Him and were terrified. But immediately He spoke with them and said to them, ‘Take courage; it is I, do not be afraid.’ Then He got into the boat with them, and the wind stopped; and they were utterly astonished (Mark 6:46-51 NASB).”

I’m reading a biography on the life of blind hymn writer, Fanny Crosby. She is credited with writing lyrics to over 8,000 hymns.(Wikipedia) I did not realize that she was also committed to mission work.

One of her well known hymns is titled ‘Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior.’

Lyrics: Frances J. Crosby / Music: William H. Doane

Pass me not, O gentle Savior,
Hear my humble cry;
While on others Thou art calling,
Do not pass me by.


Savior, Savior,
Hear my humble cry,
While on others Thou art calling,
Do not pass me by.

Let me at Thy throne of mercy
Find a sweet relief;
Kneeling there in deep contrition,
Help my unbelief.

Trusting only in Thy merit,
Would I seek Thy face;
Heal my wounded, broken spirit,
Save me by Thy grace.

Thou the spring of all my comfort,
More than life to me,
Whom have I on earth beside Thee,
Whom in Heav’n but Thee.

Wing His Words
Pam Ford Davis