Leaning On the Everlasting Arms

I have a vivid memory of singing this hymn as a child when we visited a black church in Detroit. The entire congregation got out of their seats and stood in a huge circle around the perimeter of the sanctuary. We sang this hymn very, very slowly while swaying back and forth and holding hands. I had never done anything like that in church before and I loved it.

Leaning on the Everlasting Arms

Elisha A. Hoffman

What a fellowship, what a joy divine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
What a blessedness, what a peace is mine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

Refrain
Leaning, leaning, safe and secure from all alarms;
Leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms.

O how sweet to walk in this pilgrim way,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
O how bright the path grows from day to day,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

Refrain

What have I to dread, what have I to fear,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
I have blessed peace with my Lord so near,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

Refrain

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