Scripture Verse

What is to hinder my being baptized? Acts 8:36


Julia H. Johnston (1849–1919)

Words: Ju­lia H. John­ston (1849–1919).

Music: Kon­ya Steele D. Good­ale (1870–1950) (🔊 pdf nwc). The mu­sic be­fore the re­frain is writ­ten as an al­to-ten­or du­et.

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Good­ale (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), a bet­ter one of John­ston,


What hin­ders your com­ing to Je­sus,
What hin­ders your com­ing to­day?
He of­fers His grace and His par­don,
Tell Je­sus what stands in the way.


What is it that hin­ders your com­ing?
You may find this sal­va­tion to­day.
The Sav­ior is rea­dy and wait­ing;
O why do you long­er de­lay?

If plea­sures and earth­ly en­joy­ment
Have hin­dered your com­ing be­fore,
O tar­ry no long­er, but prove Him,
Who of­fers you joy ev­er­more.


The fear­ful, the trou­bled and doubt­ing,
May lov­ing­ly lean on His breast;
O trust Him who of­fers sal­va­tion,
Come now to His arms and be blest.


What hin­ders your com­ing to Je­sus?
The fear that you may not hold out?
His mer­cy en­dur­eth for­ev­er;
O how can you lin­ger in doubt?