Scripture Verse

He calls His own sheep by name, and He leads them out. John 10:3

Introduction

Words & Mu­sic: George A. Young, 1903 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Young (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Around 1942, Hal­dor Lil­le­nas de­cid­ed to track down George Young’s wi­dow and find out more. He got an ad­dress in a small town and, driving there, he stopped at a gas sta­tion to ask for di­rec­tions.

When the attendant saw the ad­dress, he said, Why sir, that’s the Coun­ty Poor House, up the road about three miles. And mis­ter, when I say poor house, I real­ly mean poor house!

Not know­ing what to ex­pect, Lil­le­nas made his way there. He found Mrs. Young, a ti­ny, el­der­ly wo­man, in sur­round­ings that were far from con­gen­i­al.

However, she ra­di­at­ed the joy of the Lord, and spoke of how He’d guid­ed her and her hus­band over ma­ny years.

Then, she ex­claimed, Dr. Lil­le­nas, God led me here! I’m so glad He did, for you know, about ev­ery month some­one comes in­to this place to spend the rest of their days…

So ma­ny of them don’t know my Je­sus. I’m having the time of my life in­tro­duc­ing them to Jesus! Dr. Lil­le­nas, isn’t it won­derful how God leads!

Lyrics

In shady, green pastures,
So rich and so sweet,
God leads His dear children along;
Where the water’s cool flow
Bathes the weary one’s feet,
God leads His dear children along.

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Some through the waters,
Some through the flood,
Some through the fire,
But all through the blood;
Some through great sorrow,
But God gives a song,
In the night season
And all the day long.

Sometimes on the mount
Where the sun shines so bright,
God leads His dear children along;
Sometimes in the valley,
In darkest of night,
God leads His dear children along.

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Though sorrows befall us
And evils oppose,
God leads His dear children along;
Through grace we can conquer,
Defeat all our foes,
God leads His dear children along.

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Away from the mire,
And away from the clay,
God leads His dear children along;
Away up in glory, eternity’s day,
God leads His dear children along.

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