Just As I Am

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Just as I am, without one plea, But that Thy blood was shed for me, And that Thou bidst me come to Thee, O Lamb of God, I come, I come. (Words by Charlotte Elliott, 1835. Music by William B. Bradbury, 1849) So begins one of the most familiar old hymns–one which is most likely remembered because of its use as an “invitational song” at the close of many traditional church services and, most famously, in its use at the end of each service in the Billy Graham Crusades. Whether or not you know this hymn, you probably are not familiar with the history of its authorship and the story behind its writing. At …