Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Hand in Hand

Hand in Hand
Words by Gregg Metcalf
Music by Jenean Thompson
written May 1992
recorded by Christ Church of Federal Way, WA 1993

I was teaching expositionally through the Epistle to the Ephesians in our church in Federal Way, WA. As I studied the text I was moved by the promise of God's presence in a passage. I wanted to pray and praise God for the sweetness of the moment. Then I picked up my pen and wrote these words.

I finished them, took them to my secretary's office (an accomplished musician) and asked her to write some music. She did, a beautiful ballad was put together by her incredible voice and musical talent on the piano. She heard that Christ Church of Federal Way was producing a CD of worship and praise songs. She ran this song by the producer and our song was selected to be recorded. It came out beautifully.



When I fail and it's more than I can bear
when my heart tells me there's no one to care
when the sun has set and the night takes command
by His presence He takes me by my hand

Every day I live the winds of fear assail
and I think I'm about to be lost in the gale
I run to the one that commands the wind
I'm not afraid He holds my hand once again

Chorus:

Hand in hand together we walk through the night
by His strength by His grace by His holy might
He takes me where there is peace by his demand
in His presence He takes me by my hand

Have you fallen in the race and lost your way
is your night so dark you're afraid to pray
let me tell you friend there's a light up ahead
don't be afraid there is nothing now to dread
 
Chorus:

Hand in hand together we walk through the night
by His strength by His grace by His holy might
He takes me where there is peace by his demand
in His presence He takes me by my hand

We need not hear a heart so weak and in despair
have joy give praise for there is one who cares
Yes it is true that oft today I might fail
but I know I'll never be lost in the gale

Chorus:

Hand in hand together we walk through the night
by His strength by His grace by His holy might
He takes me where there is peace by his demand
in His presence He takes me by my hand

In His presence He takes me by my hand
Thank you Lord, for taking my hand

5 comments:

Scott said...

Is there a link we can listen to?

Michael Wright said...

Excellent words, thanks for sharing.

Pat Donovan said...

I would like to hear this song. It reads very well.

welcome to my world of poetry said...

I too would like to hear it.The words are wonderful. Well done Gregg.

Yvonne.

Diane said...

What beautiful words of comfort these are Gregg. Thank you for sharing them.

And I'm with everyone else here, let's hear the music. :)