"Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior" is a 19th-century American hymn written by Fanny Crosby in 1868, and set to music by William H. Doane in 1870. I must admit that while I often sang these words, I have never been able to include them in a blog because I have had some difficulty understanding and accepting the words.
Would the Lord, my Savior and my God, "pass me by?" Is it possible that with all that you or I are going through that somehow He would skip over us while working with others? Would he heal another and skip over us? We know the answer to that question is a definite "no". God has made promises that He will not break, such as "I will never leave you nor forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:8, Hebrews 13:5).
This hymn was actually written by Fanny Crosby after a visit to a detention center in Manhattan. While there she had an encounter with one of the inmates. After sharing some words and singing some of her songs to the inmates, she heard one of them cry out, "Good Lord, do not pass me by." That evening composer William Doane suggested Crosby write a song about that. She did and later Doane put music to the song.
Crosby tried putting herself in the shoes of those who are suffering and being disregarded. This made her understand that many of them had been rejected. With that, it took a profound faith to believe that there's someone in this life who would never pass anyone by. That someone is no other than Jesus Christ.
Put your trust in the Lord. He will not pass you by.
Listen to it here. PASS ME NOT