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Bread for the Journey

On his deathbed the famous evangelist Dwight L Moody told Will Thompson, the composer of this hymn, that he would have rather written this hymn than anything he had been able to do in his life. High praise from someone as accomplished as Moody.

  1. 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.
    • Refrain:
      Come home, come home,
      You who are weary, come home;
      Earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling,
      Calling, O sinner, come home!
  2. 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?
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. This hymn is a calling from Jesus for all of us to come and accept God's mercies. It is our choice, no force, no harshness, only a soft and tender invitation.
  6. He is waiting, He is watching for you and me.  


  1. Amen-oh so softly and tenderly. No rush, no hurry, just His perfect time!

  2. I have Danny O'Donnell's version of that song--lifts me every time.

  3. I love this hymn. It takes me back to my childhood church, 4th pew, piano side!

  4. I love this hymn too...and thank you for sharing...a reminder that we are loved indeed...


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