Softly and Tenderly

This past Sunday I was reminded of a song.  A song I love but forget that I love until I hear it.

It was written by Will Thompson in 1880 and the words speak straight to my heart.

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Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling,
Calling for you and for me;
See, on the portals He’s waiting and watching,
Watching for you and for me.

Chorus: Come home, come home,
You 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?

Chorus

Time is now fleeting, the moments are passing,
Passing from you and from me;
Shadows are gathering, deathbeds are coming,
Coming for you and for me.

Chorus

O 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.

Chorus

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In my youth, I lived a life that was so apart from what God wanted for me.  I would profess Christ with my mouth but by all appearances I would be the last person you thought would have grown up going to church.  When God allowed my life to reach a point of crisis I realized that He wanted all of my heart and not just the part that showed up to church on Easter and Christmas; I was broken before Him.  The hurt that I must have caused Him by my choices made me weep.  All during that time of my life, He was watching and waiting for me to come home.

This song is such an encouragement  to my heart. The fact of the matter is, I am still a sinner.  A saved sinner, but a sinner none-the-less.  I do not have everything figured out.  I still fall on my face. I mess up far more than I succeed. This song reminds me that Jesus is still standing, watching and waiting for me to come to Him each and every day, not just when my life is in crisis. He wants me to set aside all the things that I try to do on my own. He is waiting for me to grow weary of carrying all my burdens alone. 

His forgiveness is there…. always there….  all I need to do is come home.

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