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A Hymn for Meditation

O Master, Let me Walk with Youhymnal 

O Master, let me walk with you
in lowly paths of service true;
teach me your secret, help me bear
the stress of toil, the strain of care.

Help me the slow of heart to move
by some clear winning word of love;
teach me the wayward feet to stay,
and guide them in the homeward way.

Teach me your patience; share with me
a closer, dearer company
in work that keeps faith sweet and strong, i
n trust that triumphs over wrong.

By Washington Gladden 

  • If you had to sum up this hymn in one sentence, what would you say?
  • Some people say that God wants you to dream big, because God wants your dreams to come true. What does this hymnwriter think God wants?
  • This prayer song does not sound much like wish fulfillment. What blessing (or blessings) does the hymnwriter want to receive?
  • What is the work of the Master? (see verse 2)
  • What words in the hymn describe the experiences of one who follows the Master, doing the work of the Master?
  • What words describe the rewards of doing the work of the Master?
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A Hymn for Meditation

O Master, Let Me Walk With You

O Master, let me walk with you
In lowly paths of service true;
Tell me your secret; help me bear
The strain of toil, the fret of care.

Help me the slow of heart to move
By some clear, winning word of love;
Teach me the wayward feet to stay,
And guide them in the homeward way.

Teach me your patience; share with me
A closer, dearer company,
In work that keeps faith sweet and strong,
In trust that triumphs over wrong.

In home that sends a shining ray
Far down the future’s broad’ning way,
In peace that only you can give;
With you, O Master, let me live.

                              Washington Gladden

  • If you were asked to categorize this hymn, what category would you use? What three keywords would you use to find it in a collection if you did not know the name?
  • In your experience of walking with the Master, what secret gives you the strength to persevere when it is hard?
  • Verse 2 expresses great love and concern for people slow to grasp the good news and those who have wandered off the path. What strategy does it recommend to help these people?
  • Why do those who follow our Lord need patience?
  • How does trust triumph over wrong?

 

Describe a situation in which you saw hope in Christ shine light on your personal path.