JESUS IS TENDERLY CALLING written in 1882
A blind 60-year-old songwriter, Fanny Crosby (1820-1915), and a 34-year-old musician named George Stebbins (1846-1945) teamed up to produce this tender invitation hymn.
Fanny Crosby spent most of her life in New York City, where she went to rescue missions in the Bowery neighborhood to “tenderly call” alcoholics, homeless people, and wayward teens and children to the Savior.
George Stebbins had been raised on a farm and had been introduced to music by learning to play an accordion. Soon he began a new trend in church music (careful, now!) by arranging songs for male quartets. When evangelist Dwight L. Moody went to England and Scotland, he took George – as a young man – with him… and George saw thousands of people respond to the tender call of Jesus Christ.
Shortly after George returned from England, he was given the words that Fanny Crosby had written, and he wrote the music.
God sometimes speaks through thunder and lightning, but – more often – He speaks to our hearts tenderly… with a still, small voice, saying “Come home”.
Read these words, and – today – listen for Jesus as He tenderly calls to you.
Jesus is tenderly calling you home – Calling today, calling today.
Why from the sunshine of love will you roam farther and farther away?
Calling today, calling today, Jesus is calling, is tenderly calling today.
Jesus is calling the weary to rest – Calling today, calling today.
Bring Him your burden and you shall be blest; He will not turn you away. (Refrain)
Jesus is waiting, oh, come to Him now – Waiting today, waiting today.
Come with your sins, at His feet lowly bow; Come, and no longer delay. (Refrain)
Jesus is pleading, oh, list to His voice: Hear Him today, hear Him today.
They who believe on His name shall rejoice; Quickly, arise and away. (refrain)