Walking with Jesus on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Acoustic blues singer-songwriter Eric Bibb performs the traditional African American spiritual “I Want Jesus to Walk with Me.”

A pained prayer for divine support, the song was popular during the civil rights era: Lord, stand with us in our struggle; empower us; be for us. We need to feel your nearness, so come, God.

Fifty years later, the church offers up the same plea—that Jesus’s presence would be real and palpable to a world that’s hurting.

(Related post: “Stop making fun of ‘Kumbaya’”)

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