Jesus Is Calling
|Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling—
Calling for you and for me;
Patiently Jesus is waiting and watching—
Watching for you and for me!
|Come home! come home!
Ye who are weary, come home!
Earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling,
Calling, O sinner, come home!
|Why should we tarry when Jesus is pleading—
Pleading for you and for me?
Why should we linger and heed not His mercies—
Mercies for you and for me?
|Time is now fleeting, the moments are passing—
Passing from you and from me;
Shadows are gathering, death-beds are coming—
Coming for you and for me!
|Oh, for the wonderful love He has promised—
Promised for you and for me!
Though we have sinned, He has mercy and pardon—
Pardon for you and for me!
This hymn has a power over me, that no matter what is going on in my life, about brings me to my knees. There is a presence in this old hymn that makes me reach for the pew in front of me, so I do not fall to the floor. It shakes me to my very core.
Softly and Tenderly has seen me through some difficult times. Deep depression, separation, grief, the tender call drew me out of the darkness. It is one that still touches my heart, especially when I find myself questioning my worth. And when the days come that I ponder if I should live another day…
It is His love, depicted in this hymn that reminds me of His unfailing love. For there is no one else on this earth who loves me like God does. Nor is there anyone who has or could give more of themselves so selflessly than Jesus Christ. And there is no one who believes in me more and loves me more unconditionally.
Softly and Tenderly was written in 1880 by Will Lamartine Thompson.
Revelation 3:20 KJV (King James Version)
Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
Much like the prodigal son, Jesus waits for us to leave the sin, anger, and bitterness of our lives behind. For then and only then can we find peace in Him.