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Joel Belz—1941–2024

In memoriam


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I heard the voice of Jesus say,

“Come unto Me and rest;

lay down, thou weary one, lay down

thy head upon My breast.”

I came to Jesus as I was,

so weary, worn, and sad;

I found in Him a resting place,

and He has made me glad.


I heard the voice of Jesus say,

“Behold, I freely give

the living water, thirsty one;

stoop down, and drink, and live.”

I came to Jesus, and I drank

of that life-giving stream;

my thirst was quenched, my soul revived,

and now I live in Him.


I heard the voice of Jesus say,

“I am this dark world’s Light;

look unto Me, thy morn shall rise,

and all thy day be bright.”

I looked to Jesus, and I found

in Him my Star, my Sun;

and in that Light of life I’ll walk,

till trav’ling days are done.

     —Horatius Bonar, 1846


Joel Belz

Joel Belz (1941–2024) was WORLD’s founder and a regular contributor of commentary for WORLD Magazine and WORLD Radio. He served as editor, publisher, and CEO for more than three decades at WORLD and was the author of Consider These Things.

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