He drew me closer to His side, I sought His will to know,
It may be thro’ the shadows dim, Or o’er the stormy sea,
My heart, my life, my all I bring, To Christ who loves me so;
McKinney wrote this hymn after a conversation with a missionary who was unable to go back to the mission field because of ill health. When asked about his future plans, the missionary replied, ‘I don’t know, but wherever He leads I’ll go.’
McKinney is one of a number of important Christian hymnwriters with Ulster roots and yet most folk in Ulster are unaware of this aspect of our cultural heritage.