Let Jesus Lead You (Artful Devotion)

Promised Land by Maximino Cerezo Barredo
Mural by Maximino Cerezo Barredo (Spanish, 1932–)

“Follow me.” (Mark 1:17)

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SONG: “He’s a Mighty Good Leader” (Let Jesus Lead You) | Traditional, performed by Skip James, 1931

“Let Jesus Lead You” was recorded by numerous gospel quartets and bluesmen in the late 1920s and 1930s, the most influential rendition being Nehemiah “Skip” James’s, a pioneering slide guitarist and sometime preacher from Mississippi. Other versions I like, from later, include the Detroiters (1951), Marion Williams & the Stars of Faith (1962), the Morning Star Gospel Singers (1963), and Josh Harmony (2011).

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“There” by Robert B. Shaw

There where the lion dines on straw
and walks at ease with dogs and men,
and a boy’s idling fingers draw
the unfanged adder out of his den;
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
there is our home. Then lead us there.

(Read the full poem at poetryfoundation.org.)


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To view all the Revised Common Lectionary scripture readings for the Third Sunday after Epiphany, cycle B, click here.

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