July 9, 2017   Jane’s Heart to Heart….  Pastor’s Help Mate

Saviour, Like A Shepherd Lead Us

One Christmas Eve, Ira D. Sankey was traveling by steamboat up the Delaware River.

Asked to sing, Mr. Sankey sang the Shepherd Song. After the song was ended, a man with a rough, weather-beaten face came up to Mr. Sankey and said: “Did you ever serve in the Union Army?”

“Yes,” answered Mr. Sankey, in the spring of 1860.

“Can you remember if you were doing picket duty on a bright, moonlit night in 1862?”

“Yes,” answered Mr. Sankey, very much surprised.

“So did I,” said the stranger, “but I was serving in the Confederate army. When I saw you standing at your post I said to myself: ‘That fellow will never get away from here alive.’ I raised my musket and took aim. I was standing in the shadow completely concealed, while the full light of the moon was falling upon you.”

“At that instant,” continued the singing, “ just as a moment ago, you raised your eyes to heaven and began to sing. Music, especially song, has always had a wonderful power over me, and I took my finger off the trigger. ‘Let him sing his song to the end,’ I said to myself. ‘I can shoot him afterward. He’s my victim at all events, and my bullet cannot miss him.’”

The singer continued: “But the song you sang then was the song you sang just now. I heard the words perfectly:

          

  “We are Thine, do Thou befriend us.  Be the guardian of our way.”

“Those words stirred up many memories in my heart. I began to think of my childhood and my God-fearing mother. She had many, many times sung that song to me. But she died all too soon, otherwise much in my life would no doubt have been different.

“When you had finished your song it was impossible for me to take aim at you again. I thought: ‘The Lord who is able to save that man from certain death must surely be great and mighty’ and my arm of its own accord dropped limp at my side.”

Saviour Like A Shepherd Lead Us

1. Saviour, like a shepherd lead us;

Much we need thy tender care;

In thy pleasant pastures feed us;

For our use thy folds prepare.

Blessed Jesus, Blessed Jesus,

Thou has bought us thou we are.

Blessed Jesus, Blessed Jesus,

Thou has bought us thou we are.

2.  We are Thine, do Thou befriend us,

Be the Guardian of our way;

Keep Thy flock, from sin defend us,

Seek us when we go astray:

Blessed Jesus, Blessed Jesus,

Hear Thy children when they pray;

Blessed Jesus, Blessed Jesus,

Hear Thy children when they pray.

3. Thou hast promised to receive us,

Poor and sinful tho’ we be;

Thou hast mercy to relieve us,

Grace to cleanse, and pow’r to free:

Blessed Jesus, Blessed Jesus,

Early let us turn to Thee;

Blessed Jesus, Blessed Jesus,

Early let us turn to Thee.

4. Early let us seek thy favor,

Early let us learn thy will;

Do thou, Lord, our only Saviour,

With thy love our bosoms fill.

Blessed Jesus, Blessed Jesus,

Thou hast loved us, love us still.

Blessed Jesus, Blessed Jesus,

Thou hast loved us, love us still.

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