Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling

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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!
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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?
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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!
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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!
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John E Hurley

Carlisle PA, United States Minor Outlying Islands

Like the song Jesus is calling.


Kitty Joubert

Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa

Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling—

Calling for you and for ME....


Princessalinna

Port Harcourt, Rivers, Canada

The Almighty God is so merciful and tenderly to receive us back as His children, it doesn't matter how black and terrible our sins may be, He is able to cleanse us and make white as snow.


Birasa Germain

Kigali, Rwanda, Rwanda

Come home...

167 Is there any here that doesn't have the Holy Spirit, has never been filled with the Spirit of God, you're not sure of your standing? Raise your hand, say, "I haven't received the Holy Ghost, Brother Branham." Have you received the Holy Ghost since you have believed? If you haven't, raise your hands. Would you like to come and kneel right here now, and let us pray for you, receive the Holy Ghost? Come on now while we sing.


Frank Pytel

Chicago, Illinois, United States

The wonderful God of mercy brought to remembrance that special time of His calling, as I considered this hymn today. I don't know if He has a limit to His calling before He would let us go our own way. I repeatedly resisted the Savior, when a believer faithfully brought the message to me. Then one night as I walked away from the gospel message, I had the question, "What if this call of salvation in Christ never comes to me again?" That thought really made me afraid. That night the tender call of Jesus' love softened my hard heart as I was led to repentance and faith in Him!


Alfred Anderson

Tema, Ghana

Thank You Lord for Your unending love and grace. We will forever be grateful, Lord Jesus. Thank You, thank You, thank You, Lord.


Carole Etim

Port-harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria

The words patiently and tenderly just rends my heart. Sometimes we refuse the love of God and hold on firm to sin. And when we get to the end and begin to pay for our sins, we run back to Him with fear wondering if we still stand a chance like the prodigal son. Just when we begin to walk towards Him He runs towards us with open arms and takes us in. No matter how far we go, He patiently and tenderly tells us we've not gone too far to come back home. I love the Lord. I want to fulfill to the letter all that is written in God's book concerning me. I'm tired of crucifying Him over and over again.


James Faehr

Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

We play this as we go up to Communion. I always get chills.


Pierre Macedo

Brazil

The Lord Jesus is so just that He respects the personal decision and waits.


Steve Miller

Detroit, MI, United States

Will Thompson was called the bard of Ohio. From his home in East Liverpool, Ohio, he went to New York City to sell some of the secular songs he had written. Music dealers picked them up, and soon people across the country were singing "My Home on the Old Ohio" and "Gathering Shells from the Seashore." He made so much money from his compositions that newspapers called him "the millionaire songwriter."

But Thompson, a Christian, soon began concentrating on hymnwriting and set up his own firm for publishing hymnals. Two million copies of his gospel quartet books were sold. Sometime around 1880, when Thompson was 33 years old, he wrote this invitation hymn. - Great Songs of Faith by Brown & Norton.

When the world-re­nowned lay preach­er, Dwight Ly­man Moody, lay on his death bed in his North­field, Mass­a­chu­setts, home, Will Thomp­son made a spe­cial vi­sit to in­quire as to his con­di­tion. The at­tend­ing phy­si­cian re­fused to ad­mit him to the sick­room, and Moody heard them talk­ing just out­side the bed­room door. Re­cog­niz­ing Thomp­son’s voice, he called for him to come to his bed­side. Tak­ing the Ohio po­et-com­pos­er by the hand, the dy­ing evan­gel­ist said, “Will, I would ra­ther have writ­ten “Soft­ly and Ten­der­ly Je­sus is Call­ing” than an­y­thing I have been able to do in my whole life.” - Living Stories of Famous Hymns by Emurian

In the original, stanza #1, line #3 says:

See, on the portals, He's waiting and watching,