Wherever He Leads I'll Go Hymn Story
Some of the songs that we have in our hymn books came out of difficult situations in the life of the authors and this hymn, Wherever He Leads I'll Go is no exception. It was composed by BB Mckinney in 1936 soon after meeting his friend, R S Jones who was then a missionary in Brazil.
R S Jones had just returned home on furlough from Brazil. During their meeting, a heartbroken R S Jones shared with B B Mckinney that he had a health issue that would prevent him from returning to Brazil. He had come to love Brazil and his work and this news broke his heart.
McKinney is reported to have asked his friend, "What will you do?". With tears coming down his cheeks R S Jones responded, " Wherever He leads I will go".
It is from this response from R S Jones that so affected B B Mckinney that he sat down immediately that day and wrote this hymn. Later that same day in the evening this song was sung after R S Jones had given a sermon.
May this be the response of all of us who call ourselves Christians, "wherever he leads I'll go". The work of spreading the gospel will only be finished when we have more people like R S Jones.
|B B Mckinney|
Words To Hymn Wherever He Leads I'll Go
“Take up thy cross and follow Me,” I heard my Master say;
“I gave My life to ransom thee, surrender your all today.”
Wherever He leads I’ll go. Wherever He leads I’ll go.
I’ll follow my Christ who loves me so, wherever He leads I’ll go.
He drew me closer to His side, I sought His will to know,
and in that will I now abide, wherever He leads I’ll go. (Refrain)
It may be thro’ the shadows dim, or o’er the stormy sea;
I take my cross and follow Him, wherever He leadeth me. (Refrain)
My heart, my life, my all I bring to Christ who loves me so;
He is my Master, Lord, and King… wherever He leads I’ll go. (Refrain)
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