By Vernalee
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Photo of Thomas Dorsey and Mahalia Jackson

“Precious Lord” was written by the Rev. Thomas Dorsey after a family tragedy. His wife’s died in child birth. Days later, his baby succumbed. In a downtrodden state, Dorsey penned “Precious Lord” in 1932. A viewing of a younger Thomas Dorsey and Mahalia Jackson in this vintage photograph sends goose bumps down my spine as it depicts two of the best performing artists at their craft. Can you imagine hearing this dynamic duo? “Precious Lord” is one of those “pick you up” gospel songs. Indeed, it was Dr. Martin Luther King’s favorite! When he wanted to “hear the voice of God,” King called upon Mahalia Jackson to sing “Precious Lord.” At his request, she sang at many civil rights rallies. Mahalia also sang “Precious Lord” at King’s funeral! The lyrics are soothing, comforting, and magically transport the Holy Ghost spirit to your presence.
Precious Lord, take my hand
Lead me on, let me stand
I’m tired, I’m weak, I’m lone
Through the storm, through the night
Lead me on to the light.
Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home.“
My late Mother’s favorite song was
“Precious Lord.”
With her apron tied around her waist as she cooked, my Mother would sing that song. Yes ma’am that woman could “take you to church standing in her kitchen.”
Now she and Mahalia can sing “Precious Lord” together in the heavenly choir.
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