Words: Fanny Crosby (1875)
Music: Anthony D. Moore (2008)
All the way my Savior leads me;
What have I to ask beside?
Can I doubt His tender mercy,
Who through life has been my Guide?
Heav’nly peace, divinest comfort,
Here by faith in Him to dwell!
For I know, whate’er befall me,
Jesus doeth all things well.
All the way my Savior leads me,
Cheers each winding path I tread;
Gives me grace for every trial,
Feeds me with the living Bread.
Though my weary steps may falter,
And my soul athirst may be,
Gushing from the Rock before me,
Lo! A spring of joy I see.
All the way my Savior leads me
O the fullness of His love!
Perfect rest to me is promised
In my Father’s house above.
When my spirit, clothed immortal,
Wings its flight to realms of day
This my song through endless ages--
Jesus led me all the way.
Fanny was struggling financially and was desperately in need of money. As her usual custom, Fanny began to pray. A few minutes after she prayed, someone offered her the exact amount of her immediate need.
"I have no way of accounting for this except to believe that God put it into the heart of this good man to bring the money." The poem she wrote afterward became the hymn text.
All the Way encourages us to see our failings and shortcomings in the correct light of God's merciful care. Jesus is the source of grace for trials, the living Bread upon which we feed, and living waters of joy that satisfy our deepest longings.
This hymn was first published in Brightest and best : a choice collection of new songs, duets, choruses, invocation and benediction hymns for the Sunday school and meetings of prayer and praise (Lowry and Doane) in 1875.