Where He Leads Me I Will Follow

The mountains are yearning.Where He leads me I will follow,
Where He leads me I will follow,
Where He leads me I will follow,
I’ll go with Him, with Him all the way.

I grew up in an American Baptist church in Southern California. My parents took me to church along with my two brothers and latter our baby sister. My maternal grandparents were also active in the church. We had Sunday School at 9 a.m. and then over to gym where we had donuts. Then off to the church service. I remember sitting next to my grandfather who gave me “Life Savors” hard candies to keep me happy. I also remember hearing my dad singing the hymns near me on the pew when he wasn’t up in the choir loft singing with the choir. My grandfather didn’t sing well but that didn’t matter because it was just great sitting there with him. At the end of each Sunday morning church service there was an invitation to come forward, accept Jesus as Savoir and Lord and to be baptized into the church. We would sing a hymn and sometimes people would go forward. There was no pressure or begging. Just a simple invitation and a few verses of a hymn. One Sunday when I was 10 years old I went forward. To be honest, I should say a girl my age whose family were friends with our family went forward and I followed. It seemed like the right thing to do. I felt like I was saying that my adult family members were followers of Jesus and now I wanted to take that step for myself. Not long after my decision to go forward the pastor came to our house to talk to me with my parents about what it meant to be baptized. So one Sunday I was baptized by immersion. The pastor recited this verse over me as he did with all those being baptized:  Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.  Romans 6:4 (NRSV). As I came up out of the water the choir sang the chorus of “Where he leads me I will follow”. I guess that is what I’ve been trying to do from that moment on.
Where He leads me I will follow,
I’ll go with Him, with Him all the way

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