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Guide Me

He takes

My sorrows

And He makes them work for me

When I see

No doors

He always makes a way

When I face

What’s out of my control

I know God has plans for me

So I know

What to do

Ooh ooh ooh

Chorus:          I just stop and say Lord

Guide me

Oh Lord

Guide me

Just guide me Lord

                        Keep me safe

                        Keep me whole

                        You see what I don’t see

                        You know what I don’t know

                        Show me the way to walk

                        Show me the way to go

He sees forever

Why only depend on my eyes

I see

I’m never

Lost when He’s my guide

When I face

What’s out of my control

I know God has plans for me

So I know

What to do

Ooh ooh ooh

(Chorus)

I’ve got a friend

And He’s always been by my side

Never again

Will I believe I walk alone

I trust in Him

Through all my lows and highs

Through thick and thin

I know he won’t desert me

He won’t desert me

Guide me

Oh Lord

Guide me

Just guide me Lord

        Keep me safe

        Keep me whole

        You see what I don’t see

        You know what I don’t know

        Show me the way to walk

        Show me the way to go

Quite unintentionally I chose two hymns this week with texts written by Isaac Watts.  I always focus on text first when choosing the hymns and clearly his words were speaking to me loud and clear!  Watts was born in England to a family of nonconformists, people who thought the Church of England had not carried its reforms far enough.  As a youth, Watts complained to his father about the quality of hymnody in the metrical psalter of his day.  That was the start of his hymn-writing career.  He wrote about six hundred hymns, many in a two-year period beginning when he was twenty years old.  Some of Watt’s hymns are based on psalms, a nonconformist tradition.  When criticized for writing hymns not taken from scripture, he responded that if we can pray prayers that are not from scripture but written by us, then surely we can sing hymns that we have made up ourselves.  Ten of Watt’s hymn texts are in the ELW, including “O God, Our Help in Ages Past” (#632). 

                Two important women are commemorated this week on March 10th:

                Harriet Tubman (renewers of society; d. 1913) Harriet Tubman was born into slavery in Maryland and remained a slave until about age thirty when, fearing she would be sold and moved farther south, she escaped with the help of the Underground Railroad. After that, she helped about three hundred others to escape until slavery was abolished.  After the Civil War, her home in Auburn, New York, became a center for women’s rights and served the aged and poor.

                Sojourner Truth (renewer of society; d. 1883), too, was born a slave, in New York state.  Her birth name was Isabella.  After slavery was abolished in New York in 1827, she was freed and, while working as a housekeeper, became deeply involved in Christianity.  A number of years later, she discerned a call to become a preacher.  Taking the name Sojourner Truth, she set out on an evangelistic journey, where people found her testimony to be deeply moving. In later life, she also became a popular speaker against slavery and for women’s rights. 

 Gretchen Mundinger

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  • Jeremiah 29:24-32

    28For he has actually sent to us in Babylon, saying, "It will be a long time; build houses and live in them, and plant gardens and eat what they produce." 29The priest Zephaniah read this letter in the hearing of the prophet Jeremiah.

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