Archive for January 2, 2009

My Godfather: May He Rest in Peace

p1020003p1020002p1020004Today I went to the funeral of my godfather, Emil Bagley.  He was a gentle soul, a quiet man with a sturdy faith in God.  He was born in western North Dakota to a Norwegian Lutheran pastor’s family.  He served in the military and later was a servant leader with a happy demeanor in my hometown.  He was so typically Norwegian, he loved his family and his lake home.  Emil was 82 years old when he passed away peacefully on Dec. 29.  What caught me off guard at this particular funeral was the song that was sung by a tenor whose roots are also from North Dakota.  He sang “Precious Lord, Take My Hand.”


Precious Lord, take my hand, lead me on, help me stand

I am tired, I am weak, I am worn;

Thru the storm, thru the night, Lead me on to the light

Take my hand, precious Lord, lead me home.


When my way grows drear, Precious Lord linger near

When my life is almost gone,

Hear my cry, hear my call, Hold my hand lest I fall

Take my hand, precious Lord, lead me home.


When the darkness appears, and the night draws near

And the day is past and gone

At the river I stand, guide my feet, hold my hand

Take my hand, precious Lord, lead me home.


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