Precious Lord, Take My Hand

Do you have a song that often springs up in your thoughts when you feel weary and overwhelmed? One that identifies with the deepest longings of your heart? One that helps you to keep taking the next step forward?

Have you ever heard of the hymn “Precious Lord, Take My Hand?” It was written in 1932 by a man who lost his wife during childbirth. Their child, who seemed fine, died a couple of days later. In the throes of grief and despondency, Thomas Dorsey one day sat down at the piano and began to sing this song that we can identify with and be blessed by yet today.

I cannot count the times, whether I’m weary in body, mind, or spirit, when the words of this hymn bubble up in my heart as a desperate plea to God. The weariness isn’t immediately replaced with energy. The troubles overwhelming me don’t go away. There is no instant light in the stormy darkness of my soul. But there is a quiet strength in my spirit that reminds me God is with me. He will help me and get me through whatever is wearying or stressing me and He will keep leading me on to His light. And someday I will forever be home in His Presence.

“Precious Lord, take my hand,
Lead me on, let me stand
I am tired, I am weak, I am worn;
Through the storm, through the night,
Lead me on to the light:
Take my hand, precious Lord,
Lead me home.”

As frail, broken children, we need God’s constant reassurance that He is leading us by His precious hand further on this journey to hope, healing, and freedom. It is a journey of pain and sadness, but it is also a journey of hope in Jesus. This same Jesus who had the power to rise from the dead has the power to hold us up. He descended into the darkest depths of despair and yet rose out of it. This same Jesus has the power to pull us up out of the pit of despair and despondency. He who has the power to walk on water and calm the raging seas will get us through every storm and night in our lives. Thank You, Jesus!

What song has special meaning to you?
Why? Will you share with us?

 

God’s Heart of Love Longs to Fill Our Empty Ones

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Another one of nature’s priceless lessons…

Are you feeling empty?

God has the power and the passion to fill us.

His brimming-over heart of love aches to fill our empty ones.


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Have a hope-filled weekend,

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Because God Sees

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Bloom Wherever God Plants You

“But my work doesn’t really have a purpose. Nobody really sees or appreciates it.” The painful piercing of insignificance hidden in the woman’s eyes brimmed over during a Bible study on The Purpose-Driven Life.

What kind of work did she do? Washing hospital sheets day after day. A behind-the-scenes job that many people don’t appreciate. She felt so insignificant in making a difference for anyone in this life. But truly, because of her, sick and weary souls could rest on crisp, clean sheets.

She taught me to look beyond the privileges we have each day to who is behind it. The next time I was in the hospital, I hugged those sheets around me and thanked God for people like her who slave away trying to make a hospital stay more comfortable.

Many of us may have thankless jobs, whether it’s as a cleaning woman, a mother or a chimney sweep. But it’s not about what we do or what other people see us do. It’s about God and what He wants us to do wherever He has planted us in life – to bloom to His glory.

In The Invisible Woman: When Only God Sees – A Special Story for Mothers, Nicole Johnson recounts a story of a rich man who came to visit a magnificent cathedral while it was being built. When he saw a workman carving a tiny bird on the inside of a beam, he was puzzled. “Why are you spending so much time carving that bird into a beam that will be covered by the roof? No one will ever see it.” The workman replied, “Because God sees.”

Perhaps you think, “But still I feel like I’m so insignificant. I feel like what I do makes no real difference in this world.” Take heart in the truth. It doesn’t matter whether or not people realize or appreciate what you do or have done for them. You are an important cog in the gears of life. God sees and knows. Wherever you are planted, He just wants you to bloom to His glory. God sees you carving your tiny bird hidden away from human eyes in the magnificent cathedral of life. And to Him, your bird is unique, exquisite, and absolutely necessary!

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