Have Thine Own Way, Lord

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"Have Thine Own Way, Lord" is a Christian hymn with lyrics written by Adelaide A. Pollard and music composed by George C. Stebbins. Pollard calls upon Jesus to guide and shape her life by his will, "Thou art the Potter, I am the clay." It follows a powerful theme of devotion to Christ and willingness to trust in Him. Discover the lyrics and story behind this amazing hymn along with video performances below!

1 Have thine own way, Lord! Have thine own way! 
Thou art the potter, I am the clay. 
Mold me and make me after thy will, 
while I am waiting, yielded and still. 


2 Have thine own way, Lord! Have thine own way! 
Search me and try me, Savior today! 
Wash me just now, Lord, wash me just now, 
as in thy presence humbly I bow. 


3 Have thine own way, Lord! Have thine own way! 
Wounded and weary, help me I pray! 
Power, all power, surely is thine! 
Touch me and heal me, Savior divine! 


4 Have thine own way, Lord! Have thine own way! 
Hold o'er my being absolute sway. 
Fill with thy Spirit till all shall see 
Christ only, always, living in me! 


United Methodist Hymnal, 1989

Songwriters Adelaide A. Pollard Published by Public Domain

The Story Behind Have Thine Own Way, Lord

In 1902, Adelaide A. Pollard was wishing to go to Africa as a missionary but found herself incapable to raise the needed money to fund the journey. Very disheartened, she visited a prayer ceremony and heard a woman say "It really doesn't matter what you do with us, Lord, just have your own way with our lives." These words encouraged Pollard and she pondered the story of the potter from Jeremiah 18:3. After returning home that evening, she wrote all four stanzas to what would become "Have Thine Own Way, Lord." Five years later George Stebbins composed a melody named "Adelaide" to accompany the text.

"Have Thine Own Way, Lord" continues to be popular and has been performed by such artists as Mahalia Jackson, Marty Robbins, Johnny Cash, Eric Copeland, Cristy Lane, Jim Reeves, John Fogerty, Ned Beatty and most, recently by, Ronnie Milsap on his 2009 gospel album, Then Sings My Soul.

 

 


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