Praise – God Leads His Dear Children

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Daffodils trumpet out Spring, these two pointing in the direction of the sun are a ‘Good Match,” and perfect for this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge.

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The patch of daffodils is blooming in the gardens of The Church of the Good Shepherd, a local Episcopal church in my community. I appreciate the bench they have included in their garden for contemplation and prayer.

Today the lyrics of the hymn, ‘God Leads His Dear Children Along,’ came to my mind when I sat down to write a blog post. The hymn is based on two Bible verses…

“The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.” ~ John 10:3

“He refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.” ~ Psalm 23:3

I’m including a small portion of the lyrics of this hymn, written by George A. Young in 1903, and a beautiful rendition of a Mennonite Church congregation singing the song. I chose this video out of several because it made me feel I was part of the congregational singing.

“God Leads his Dear Children Along,
Some through the waters, some through the flood,
Some through the fire, but all through the blood;
Some through great sorrow, but God gives a song,
In the night season and all the day long.”

13 thoughts on “Praise – God Leads His Dear Children

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    1. Thanks, the hymn is one I’ve sung a lot since childhood. I like daffodils and always feel cheerful when they start to bloom. I have three in my house right now, vased, and they have unfurled their beautiful yellow petals for me to enjoy.

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      1. oh how fun to have some blooms indoors – I feel cheerier just thinking of them. ha
        and when I met up with my mother in SC last Fall – I audio recorded she and I enjoying some hymns at this old church we went to

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          1. oh wow – I recall a few of those all song services…
            and hymns sure are a special genre….
            when we were on the way to a funeral last month….
            we stopped for food and in the restaurant “It is well with my soul” was playing – well it was a modern version of it – pretty rocking – but it was also oh so comforting – those words!!!

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