Jesus, You Are Here


In Michigan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s “shelter in place” order took effect at midnight; an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus, everyone is to stay home except for the necessities. When I woke this morning, I considered how quickly the world changes. People all over Michigan–all over the world–are finding themselves confined to their homes. Maybe they’re dreading the silence. Maybe they can’t imagine getting through a whole day with all their children at home. Maybe they’ll lie awake at night worrying about their loved ones catching the virus.

This simple song, dubbed “a hymn for sheltering in place” reminds us that Jesus walks with us during these times.

PowerPoint slides for congregational singing are available at Digital Songs & Hymns.

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words and music by Greg Scheer
copyright 2020

On my longest day,
in my darkest night,
Jesus, please be near.
On my longest day,
in my darkest night,
Jesus, you are here.

You are with me,
you are with me
every hour of every day.
You are with me,
you are with me,
Jesus, you are here.
Jesus, you are here.

Take a listen to the piano arrangement:

Here’s a video of my boys and me playing the song the day it was written:


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