LEAVE IT THERE                                                                             written in 1906

The Story

Charles Tindley (1851-1933) was a pastor… and a black man; he knew what it was like to have problems. He was born into slavery before the Civil War, and his parents died when he was only 5 years old. But Charles taught himself to read and write, traveled to Philadelphia, and enrolled in night school. He took correspondence courses from a seminary and graduated as an expert linguist in both Hebrew and Greek.

To support himself, he worked as a caretaker in a Methodist church in Philadelphia. Years later, when he was 51 years old, he returned to that church as its pastor. Under his ministry, the church membership increased to 12,500.

On one occasion, one of his members came to him for counsel. She was burdened with many problems, and she didn’t know what to do. Charles advised her, “Put all your troubles in a sack; then take them to the Lord and leave them there.”

After the woman left, Charles went to his study and wrote the words to this hymn.

The Song

Read this hymn, and – today – take your burdens to God… and leave them there.

If the world from you withhold of its silver and its gold,
and you have to get along with meager fare,
just remember, in His Word, how He feeds the little bird—
take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.

Refrain:
Leave it there, leave it there, take your burden to the Lord and leave it there;
if you trust and never doubt, He will surely bring you out—
take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.

If your body suffers pain and your health you can’t regain,
and your soul is almost sinking in despair,
Jesus knows the pain you feel, He can save and He can heal—
take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.  (Refrain)

When your enemies assail and your heart begins to fail,
don’t forget that God in Heaven answers prayer;
He will make a way for you and will lead you safely through—
take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.  (Refrain)

When your youthful days are gone and old age is stealing on,
and your body bends beneath the weight of care;
He will never leave you then, He’ll go with you to the end—
take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.  (Refrain)

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