Tenderly Calling

soulsrestWhen I saw the prompt to kick of this month of writing, my first thought on seeing the word “calling” was of the classic hymn “Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling.”

This beautiful song was a favorite of my grandmother and her sisters, and I remember hearing them sing it while working in the kitchen with them as a child. So often when we speak of callings, we speak of what we as people are being called to do.

As I listen to the old hymn, I feel reminded that God has indeed “tenderly called” us. Being called by God crafts all that we are and being mindful of that calling should direct our steps. I’m not that old yet, but as I look at life so far, I can see that the paths I have taken have led me places I never thought I’d go and allowed me to find joy in places that the secular world has taught me not to look. I can’t pretend that I always know the plan, but the older I get, the more I want to seek after the One who called me.

And yes, I have had some tough times, but in Him, I always seem to find rest. I value rest more now than I did in, say, my teen years. And mercy, too. Praise be to God for all of these!

And since I referenced the hymn, here is a good performance of it by Alan Jackson:

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As regular readers here likely know, I often join up with a special community of bloggers on for Five Minute Fridays.  This month of October, I’m joining in for 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes. I’ll still be posting book reviews, but I’ll be interspersing them with the 31 Days posts.  Hope you enjoy!  And if you want to join in, you’ll find the whole group here!

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