Scripture Verse

He’s calling you! Mark 10:49


Will L. Thompson

Words & Mu­sic: Will L. Thomp­son, in Spark­ling Gems, Nos. 1 and 2, by J. Cal­vin Bush­ey (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Will L. Thomp­son, 1880) (🔊 pdf nwc).


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 sick room, and Moo­dy heard them talk­ing just out­side the bed­room door.

Recognizing Thomp­son’s voice, he called for him to come to his bed side. 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.

Emurian, p. 109

This hymn was sung at a me­mor­ial ser­vice for Am­er­i­can ci­vil rights lead­er Mar­tin Lut­her King, at the Eb­en­e­zer Bap­tist Church, At­lan­ta, Geor­gia, April 8, 1968, and in the 1985 Aca­de­my Award win­ning mo­vie Trip to Boun­t­iful.


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.


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?


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.


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.