A Hymn for Meditation

hymnalJesus, Still Lead On
by Nikolas L. von Zinzendorf

Jesus, still lead on,
till our rest be won,
And, although the way be cheerless,
We will follow calm and fearless,
Guide us by Thy hand to our fatherland.

If the way be drear,
if the foe be near,
Let no faithless fears o’ertake us,
Let not faith and hope forsake us,
For through many a woe to our home we go.

When we seek relief
from a long felt grief;
When temptations come alluring,
Make us patient and enduring;
Show us that bright shore where we weep no more.

Hymn text in the Public Domain Text taken from http://www.cyberhymnal.org/

  • As you read the words of this hymn, can you honestly speak them? Are you really prepared to be “calm and fearless” when things are not going well?
  • How does the hymn writer characterize our fears? What gifts does the Holy Spirit give us to deal with fear?
  • We all think of grief and pain almost in the same breath. What else can happen to someone who is grieving?
  • Most people say that they need strength in order to deal with temptation. What qualities did the hymn writer consider to be essential when someone is facing temptation?
  • What consistent hope does the hymn writer keep before the believer in his time of trouble?