This song was written and first recorded by Dan Fogelberg… and then by Margaret Becker, included on the album of the same name… recorded by Susan Ashton, Margaret Becker, and Christine Dente’.
Daniel Grayling Fogelberg (August 13, 1951 – December 16, 2007) was an American musician, songwriter, composer, and multi-instrumentalist. He had a successful pop career in the 1970s and 80s.
In May 2004, Fogelberg was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer… and died 3 years later.
Margaret Becker (born July 17, 1959) is an American Christian rock singer, guitarist, and songwriter. She has had twenty-one No. 1 Christian radio hits, won 4 Dove Awards, and been nominated for 4 Grammy Awards.
Becker was born and raised in the state of New York, and began playing in coffeehouses while teaching music and taking opera lessons. Having graduated from James Madison University with a degree in communication, she moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 1985, and signed to Sparrow Records as a songwriter. The next year she landed a contract as a solo artist.
I first heard this song sung by Dan Fogelberg… and, later, by Margaret Becker; it’s difficult for me to decide which version I like better.
This song describes life as a journey along a long road… a road marked by highs and lows and twists and turns, but with long stretches of straight road that connect them all. While many struggle along their journey, a life lived with God in Christ makes the journey worth walking!
Bible Reference… Psalm 119:105; Proverbs 3:5,6; 16:3; Isaiah 41:10; Matthew 11:28-30; Romans 5:3-5; Philippians 1:6; James 1:2-4
Joy at the start… fear in the journey… joy in the coming home.
A part of the heart gets lost in the learning somewhere along the road.
Along the road, your path may wander; a pilgrim’s faith may fail.
Absence makes the heart grow fonder; darkness obscures the trail.
Cursing the quest… courting disaster… measureless nights forebode.
Moments of rest… glimpses of laughter are treasured along the road.
Along the road, your steps may stumble… your thoughts may start to stray.
But, through it all, a heart held humble levels and lights your way. (Repeat v.1)