Lead Me, Guide Me

This song has been my companion in some of the most troubled times of my life. If it is fair to say that right now is a troubled time in the Presbyterian Chuch (U.S.A.) then this prayer can uphold us as we faithfully walk the path we are able to see before us as a community in Christ.

I am weak and I need Thy strength and pow’r,
To help me over my weakest hour,
Let me thru the darkness Thy face to see,
Lead me, oh Lord, lead me.

Lead me, guide me along the way,
For if you lead me I cannot stray,
Lord, let me walk each day with Thee,
Lead me, oh Lord, lead me.

Help me tread in the paths of righteousness,
Be my aid when Satan and sin oppress.
I am putting all my trust in Thee,
Lead me, oh Lord, lead me.

I am lost, if you take your hand from me,
I am blind without Thy light to see,
Lord, just always let me Thy servant be,
Lead me, oh Lord, lead me.

By Doris Akers, Conversations with God: Two Centuries of Prayers by African Americans, p. 186

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