I was given this song while ministering to some men in the Prince Albert Correctional in 1976. I cried, and they cried. I felt for them and they with me. God only knows how this song affected them in time.
Life’s a road that is hard to travel when you’re lonesome;
Everybody just wants to do his own thing.
And it’s hard when you don’t know just where you’re going
‘Cause when you’re through, you don’t know what the end will bring.
I’ve got a Friend Whom I know I can always count on
And that Friend will never let you down.
He’ll take you by your hand just as you are and guide you
And at the end of that road you’ll have a crown.
Some people think they’ve gone too far and there’s no hope left.
Some say they’ve tried most everything to no avail,
But let me tell you friend, I know I’ve got the answer:
Only Jesus Christ can help you on life’s trail.
Now when you hear His voice and take His invitation,
He’ll tell you who you are and where you’re heading to,
And He’ll fill your heart with love and joy and laughter
And with peace that passes understanding too.
Prince Albert, SK; June 1976
While I called this song the above name 20 years ago, I would not do so now. The power of Jesus as the Pentecostal circles like to call it is nothing less than Christ in us, the hope of glory. His Spirit we receive not while seeking power but while seeking to do His will in reality and not as we perceive it.
This song was written in Israel when a future friend, Paul Cohen, to whom the Lord sent us to speak was confronted with a major decision. This decision had major implications for him either way. He took the right road only to come to many crossroads since.
Deeper and deeper the Lord took us in Him. Now were we seeing good in evil and evil in good, that is, whereas we once thought we knew the difference, now we began to see more clearly. That which we thought was holy was otherwise, both within and without, and that which we thought was wrong was not always so. Needless to say, such experience brings its own torment but God brought us through and delivered us from evil.