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“Take My Hand, Precious Lord”

When I am sad, even when I am happy for that matter, songs often pop into my head. Today as I sat on the edge of the bathtub waiting for the 3 year old to go potty for the umpteenth time this morning I sighed. One of those ‘I am so tired’ kind of sighs. This song popped into my head and I prayed right then and there. Lord, help me please.
This song has always touched my heart and maybe its because I feel like this so often.
Precious Lord, take my hand
Yes, Lord I need you to hold my hand. When I feel so alone and I need someone please remind me that you are there where noone else could possibly be.
Lead me on, let me stand I’m tired, I’m weak, I’m lone
Yes, please lead through the paths of this life. You alone know the plans you have made for me. Help me to stand when I don’t have the strength to do so.
Through the storm, through the night Lead me on to the light
You word alone can calm any storm. You are the light in the darkness.
Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home
Lead me back to where you are, Lord. Bring my peace to my heart and soul.
When my way grows drear precious Lord linger near When my light is almost gone
Lord, give me strength, give me courage, give me hope. Stay close by my side.
Hear my cry, hear my call
You alone hear the whispers of my heart.
Hold my hand lest I fall
Stay by my side and keep me on the straight path, lest I fall into temptation.
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
This song was written by Thomas Dorsey after he learned that his wife had died in childbirth and that his newborn baby also died shortly after. Can you imagine the grief and despair that overtook him at that time in his life? He doubted God. But he didn’t give up.
Almost a week later he was at a piano and felt a peace come over him and he wrote this song which has been such a blessing to so many. God is there in our darkest moments and he can turn them into something to help others. Only HE knows his plans for us.
“I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, ‘Fear not; I will help thee.” (Isaiah 41:13)

A Good Man

What would be considered a good man? I guess we all could have very different answers to that question. Our answers could even vary depending on when and where are in life.
I think a good man is one who lives his life in a way that no one could question his intentions. The way he lives his life is a reflection of who he truly is on the inside.
Recently I met a man who I believe truly is a ‘good man’. Why do I say this? He is probably one of the sweetest most humble men I have ever come across in my time here on earth. He definitely lives in a way that others would see Jesus in him.
This man is kind and takes care of others. He will help without being asked and gives without expecting to be repaid. I have met others who I thought were like this but he has helped me in so many ways that I could never repay him.
He is full of wisdom. He will take the time to listen and then help you with your problems. I can confide in him without worry of him repeating it.
Is he perfect? No, but he admits his faults and will not blame others when he has made a mistake. He is honest and genuine. He stands by his morals and his character couldn’t be questioned. He is a man of integrity for sure.
He encourages me and I’m sure he encourages others around him to be better people. People have noticed a difference in me since I met him. I am a better person because of knowing him and I thank him for that. (Really, I do thank him a lot and he hasn’t a clue why!)
I thank God for letting our paths cross and letting me know this ‘good man’. Knowing him has given me a newfound hope that our world is not as lost as I thought it was. It is a better place just knowing that there are a few good men still out there.
Hopefully everyone one of us can think of a good man around us. One that we are thankful to have in our lives as a role model, a leader, or as a friend. It can be a brother, a father, a husband, a neighbor, or maybe someone at church.
Can we all take a few minutes and say a prayer for these men of God? We need to pray that God will protect them and guide them along their paths. Pray for strength and wisdom for them to get through the many battles they will face. Pray that they will lead their lives so that others will want to come to know Christ. Also pray that God will find favor in them and will bless them abundantly in this life and in heaven. Amen.
Additional thoughts:
A good man makes you happy. Just think about it, when you talk to him or do things with you then you are left feeling happy. It doesn’t matter what the conversation is about or what activity you will have a sense of genuine happiness just being in contact with this man.
When life gets hard and confusing and you feel like you are helpless he will remind you that you are not. He will bring a breath of fresh air to reignite the embers in your soul so that your light can shine again.