As my custom is, every may 3rd I would post an entry on my blog.

May 3rd had always have a special day, and I remember I started this habits in May 3rd 2010

So far the following hymns were shared

What A Friend I have In Jesus” – May 3rd 2010
“Thanks to God” – May 3rd 2011
“Day By Day” – May 3rd 2012
“All The Way The Savior Leads Me” – May 3rd 2013

It is a time I take stock of what I going on. Every year there is always new surprises, and this year God gave me one of the biggest surprised I could get. For he had allowed me finally to have a wife.

Although the road to marriage is filled with many difficulties, misunderstandings, surprises. We thank God that we could come together. This year was pretty tough as one of my beloved uncle passed away just weeks before I could return to see him. There are also lots of accusations, and pain that we all need to lead through.

No matter how sad, or how grief we may be, we have to continue to get on with life. The world will not stop turning just because we are sad and hurt. All we could do, is to walk our wilderness journey with all our might. To rely on God to guide us as we move.

In fact, when the Israelites were treading in the wilderness, God lead them personally, he went before them to protect them as they moved.

“And the Lord went before them by
day in a pillar of cloud to lead the way,
and by night in a pillar of fire to give
them light, so as to go by day and night.” – Moses (Ex 13:21)

I remember there was once I was watching a documentary on how Bedouins survived in the wilderness of Sinai. In that show, they showed us what David meant by “Green Pastures  and Still Waters.  In fact, we often thought that it was a huge grasslands and lots of water. But the truth is, grasslands in the wilderness are a rarity. Hence Bedouin shepherd boys must look around for patches of grass for the livestock, and it once the animals finish the grass, they would need to scout for new ones.

So indeed, when God guide us in life. God did not promise us a worry free life. But God would always provide enough to help us overcome all the obstacles that we need.

This is the idea that is behind the hymn “Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer” .
This hymn was something I liked as a child. But strangely, as I found the hymn online, the tune was very different from what I know.

It was only later I realize that in my church, we rearranged the lyrics and sang them in the tune of a American folk song  “Go Tell Aunt Rhody” . The original folk song is about a Aunt Rhody who kept a old grey goose that she wanted to make a feather bed with. Unfortunately that goose died in a mill pond leaving behind an old gander and goslings.

The lyrics here I posted is edited in the way that I sing it since a child.

Title:  “Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer”
Lyrics: William Williams

(Stanza 1)
Guide me, O Thou great Redeemer,
Pilgrim through this barren land.
I am weak, but Thou art mighty;
Hold me with Thy powerful hand.

Bread of Heaven, Bread of Heaven,
Feed me till I want no more;  (X2)

(Stanza 2)
Open now the crystal fountain,
Whence the healing stream doth flow;
Let the fire and cloudy pillar
Lead me all my journey through.

Strong Deliverer, strong Deliverer,
Be Thou still my Strength and Shield; (X2)

(Stanza 3)
When I tread the verge of Jordan,
Bid my anxious fears subside;
Bear Me through The Swelling Current
Land me safe on Canaan’s side.

Songs of praises, songs of praises,
I will ever give to Thee; (X2)

In the tradition of keeping to the original tune, I have decided to put the original tune  and the lyrics here

But for my friends who may not believe my comment about “Go Tell Aunt Rhody” I have decided to put the tune here as a proof.That is indeed how we sing this hymn.

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