Aug 15, 2009

Precious Lord, Take My Hand

"Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." Isaiah 41:10


I love the words to the old gospel song, "Precious Lord, Take My Hand." The words were written by Thomas A. Dorsey (now known as the father of gospel music) back in 1932 at a time when he was probably at the lowest point in his life. He had just lost his wife and baby in childbirth, and had himself suffered several emotional breakdowns. As a gifted musician, he struggled to find his true calling in life. Finally out of his desperate circumstances, he committed his life to serving God with his music and found peace. This is his most famous work, and the song has been recorded by dozens of artists in over 40 languages.

Precious Lord, take my hand
Lead me on, let me stand
I'm tired, I’m weak, I’m lone
Through the storm, through the night
Lead me on to the light
Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home

When my way grows drear
Precious Lord linger near
When my life is almost gone
Hear my cry, hear my call
Hold my hand lest I fall
Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home

When the darkness appears
And the night draws near
And the day is past and gone
At the river I stand
Guide my feet, hold my hand
Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home

Precious Lord, take my hand
Lead me on, let me stand
I'm tired, I’m weak, Lord I’m worn
Through the storm, through the night
Lead me on to the light
Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home

4 comments:

Wanda said...

I can't even say the title Precious Lord, Take My Hand without getting a lump in my throat and tearing up Jacquelyn...Certain songs just standout in my memories of childhood and my grandmother...

Your post with Elylah making those colorful cupcakes made me smile...and such a cute apron your DIL made...Ethan is an adorable little boy...love his hair!

Alivia and her mother actually look for snakes...they once tried to carry one (on a stick) down the drive to show me...but spiders, they are afraid of!

Wanda said...

I forgot about the seashell fossil...probably brought down by glaciers years ago or maybe even left over from the iceage...there are many others with smaller shells.

Jacquelyn said...

For some reason on Saturday I got on YouTube and played a whole bunch of those old gospel songs. Its funny how, even if you haven't sung them in decades, the words & melodies come right back!

Andy said...

I love the Al Green version of this song. It's actually the only version I know of.