No matter who we are, even if we have all the money or strength in the world, we will hit rock bottom. During our weakest moment, we need someone to guide us to a place where we will find comfort. And, that someone is Jesus. He is our light and our hope.
The Story Behind “Just A Closer Walk With Thee”
The origin of the song “Just A Closer Walk With Thee” has been a little confusing. There are different stories about the beginning of this popular hymn. Some say that it was sung by African-American slaves. Another story of the song was that it was Morris who heard the song from someone and copied the words. He then made some changes to the song and published it.
The first recording of the song was dated back in 1941. It was recorded by the Selah Jubilee Singers. The song became the B-side to their recording of “A Walking In The Light Of God.”
“Just A Closer Walk With Thee” is one of the most popular and recorded gospel songs. There are about hundreds of recording of this single. Some of the artists who covered the song were Red Foley, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Mahalia Jackson, Patsy Cline, Charley Pride, and many more. Foley was one of the artists who made his version of the song entered the Billboard. It placed at number nine on the country chart. Furthermore, his rendition was backed up by the Jordanaires.
Patsy Cline’s Rendition
Before Cline’s tragic death, she was able to record songs that weren’t published. Therefore, her team, in an effort to showcase the amazing and talent of Cline, released albums and singles that she had recorded. One of these songs was the popular hymn “Just a Closer Walk with Thee.” The song was not included in any of Cline’s posthumous albums. Instead, they released it as a single.
Cline’s contralto voice perfectly fits the song. Listen to how breathtaking her version of “Just a Closer Walk with Thee” is.