Precious Lord

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.

Alicia is 17. She has been very unwell recently:

‘I know that this is only a small part of my journey through life, but God is going to be looking after me during, after and forever!

I’m so thankful that this has all happened during the pandemic… if not, I’d be in the middle of my exams, my parents wouldn’t be working at home… this has happened at the best possible time. It is all part of God’s plan and timing…

I’m scared for the journey I know I have to go on but I know God’s got this. I have so many people around to support me.’

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.

Thomas Dorsey was a professional musician in Chicago. Following a nervous breakdown he attended a church service where he experienced spiritual healing and discovered faith.

When his wife Nettie was pregnant with their first child, Dorsey was singing in St. Louis. There he learned that his wife had died giving birth. The baby also died.

He withdrew from family, friends, and even music. In the midst of despair and anger with God, he sat at a piano. Feeling peace and God close to him he wrote this song.

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’ by Thomas Dorsey (1899–1993)

‘Precious Lord’ (written 1932) has been translated into many languages and sung across the world. Elvis Presley’s version must be the best… (!)

Dorsey left school aged 12 to become a professional musician. He was choir director of Chicago’s Pilgrim Baptist Church for nearly 40 years. He is remembered as the architect of modern gospel music.

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