Today’s opening prayer for Bible class came from Hymn 439 in the Christian Worship Hymnal. The message of this hymn is that we need to put all our trust and all of our faith in Christ, because he will not lead us away from where we need to be. If we put our focus on God, our heavenly father, and on our salvation through Christ, there is nothing on earth that we need to fear, because we know that Christ is with us. I love the picture that the third stanza creates for me. Much like the end of a summer day, we know our life on earth will come to an end, but that day should not be filled with fear of the unknown, but rather should be filled with peace and joy, especially knowing that Christ is walking right beside us on our walk to go home.
Lord, take my hand and lead me upon life’s way;
Direct, protect, and feed my from day to day.
Without Your grace and favor I go astray;
So, take my hand, O Savior, and lead the way.
Lord, when the tempest rages, I need not fear;
For you, the Rock of Ages, are always near.
Close by your side abiding, I fear no foe;
For when your hand is guiding, in peace I go.
Lord, when the shadows lengthen, and night has come;
I know you will strengthen my steps toward home.
And nothing can impede me, O blessed friend!
So take my hand and lead me, unto the end.