I was driving home tonight and the tape was playing...this old traditional Negro Spiritual came on and I found myself singing along. I first heard this song done by the brother and sister group, Selah.
It's titled Wayfaring Stranger. The Lyrics for it is here. These songs are simple and the words/lyrics take you back to a place in time when life was simplier though harder, especially for black slaves. Back in the late 1800s. It was their faith and their hope that kept them going. Look where they are today.
Many were separated from their loved ones, beaten and tortured, branded and chained and yes even raped by their captors. The hardship, used by God to refine their faith. They longed to see the face of their Redeemer and their loved ones who'd gone on before them. They knew the Gospel story they'd heard it from their White slavemasters...and they believed the Gospel story.
The link at the top is to a page dedicated to the Old Negro Spirituals - some of them you may even remember if you were brought up in the church. :-)
There are links to other Gospel music found at the bottom of the page. Check out the Contemporary Christian link - there are some great ones there - too many favourites to list - enjoy!