Thomas A Dorsey, 1899-1993

For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.
Isaiah 41:13

Out of a broken heart after his wife and newly born son had both died, Thomas Dorsey cried to his Lord to lead him "through the storm, through the night". In doing so, he created lines that have since ministered to others in an unusual way. This tender song, written by a black gospel musician in 1932, has since been a favorite with Christians everywhere.

Thomas A. Dorsey grew up in Georgia as a "preacher's kid". As he began to be successful as a composer of jazz and blues songs, however, he drifted away from God. After it seemed to him that he was miraculously spared in brushes with death, Dorsey came back to the Lord. As his life dramatically changed he began to write gospel songs and to sing in church services. It was during a revival meeting in St. Louis, Missouri that he received a telegram telling the tragic news of his wife and infant son. Stunned to bitterness in his grief, Dorsey cried, "God, you aren't worth a dime to me right now!"

A few weeks later, however, as Dorsey fingered the keyboard of a piano, he created the lines of "Precious Lord" to fit a tune that was familiar to him. The following Sunday the choir of Ebenezer Baptist Church in South Chicago, Illinois, sang the new song with Dorsey playing the accompaniment. "It tore up the church!"

God continued to lead Thomas Dorsey by the hand until he had written more than 250 gospel songs. He once stated: My business is to try to bring people to Christ instead of leaving them where they are. I write for all of God's people. All people are my people. What I share with people is love. I try to lift their spirits and let them know that God still loves them. He's still saving, and He can still give that power."

Precious Lord, take my hand,
Lead me on, help 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.

When my way grows dread,
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.

*For Today*: Psalm 16:11, 27:11, 48:14; John 10:3 & 4; I John 1:7

Enjoy the fellowship of God so strongly that you feel He is holding your hand and leading you in whatever circumstances you may find yourself.

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Taken from Amazing Grace -- 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions Copyright 1990 by Kenneth W. Osbeck. Published by Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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