Precious Lord, Lead me Home

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

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, I’m lone
Through the storm, through the night
Lead me on to the light
Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home

Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home. The first time I heard this song it was on side A of a recording of Mahalia Jackson’s lovely singing. As Catholics, we should never fear beauty, and beauty rests in art, music being the only one of which we can take to heaven with us. Lead, Kindly Light comes to mind whilst I read through the words to this incredible anthem. It isn’t Tallis or Purcell, Bach or Rachmaninov but yet it’s simply put: when in doubt, ask the Lord to help. There’s no fear. It, to me, brings a comfort: some doubts filled, a push to go on, to stop being caught up in the world no one else can see but me.

Our Blessed Lord said “I am the Good Shepherd“, this means he is like no other shepherd. He is the shepherd, not a shepherd. He picks us up from the thorns, he takes our hand. We have no fear when we follow Him. He left us His Church, and in doing so, never left us at all. We are His.

He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather together the lambs with his arm, and shall take them up in his bosom, and he himself shall carry them that are with young. {Isaiah 40:11}

He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather together the lambs with his arm, and shall take them up in his bosom, and he himself shall carry them that are with young. {Isaiah 40:11}

Rest your hearts, your souls, your worries and anxieties in the arms of Our Lady so that she may refer them to Her Son who dissolves every unrest. We all need this in a stressful modern world.

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