Reformation Lutheran Church A Congregation of the ELCA

Tuesday, March 24

Anita Dorf

Lead Me, Guide Me


Lent is a time of intentional reflection for me. Often I find that using a story or a phrase or a hymn helps me in examining my faith life and my faith walk.


This year I find that the hymn Lead Me, Guide Me (ELW 768) inspires me and also convicts me in my ongoing effort to be God’s hands and feet. I have spent my life [career and home] being in charge and knowing what to do—or at least acting as if I did. Church and involvement in church have been an important part of my life, but I have not always counted on prayer or meditation to inform and direct my activities. As a result, at times my best intentions have not worked for me or for those with whom I serve.


In fact, I find myself often getting in the way of God, not wanting to bother God, thinking that I am enough for most situations. “Being still” has been a very hard lesson for me to learn.


So, it is on this growing edge of stopping, “being still,” and listening to God that I am dedicating my Lenten journey. I have much to learn about myself—why I am so independent, why I consider myself so capable, why I tend to lunge head-on into situations without bringing in my true Guide, my true North, my true Center. The hymn, Lead Me, Guide Me is my touchstone in this Lenten journey.


Lead me, guide me, along the way
For if you lead me, I cannot stray.
Lord let me walk each day with thee.
Lead me, O Lord, lead me.


There is so much noise in the world and in my head that I am convinced that “being still” and listening to God will help me keep God as my guide in all things.


‘Be still, and know that I am God!
I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth.’
The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.
Psalm 46:10-11


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