Tuesday, May 31, 2005

THE SUMMONS

HOW SHALL WE ANSWER? Michael B. Ross, Executive Director of The Pastor's Institute, sent the words to a hymn he sang as a guest in his son's church on Sunday. Even after a Google search, I have not discovered the author. "The Summons" asks powerful questions. May God give us all grace to respond "Yes," as verse 4 does.

1. Will you come and follow me
if I but call your name?
Will you go where you don’t know
and never be the same?
Will you let my love be shown,
will you let my name be known?
Will you let my life be grown
in you and you in me?

2. Will you leave yourself behind
if I but call your name?
Will you care for cruel and kind
and never be the same?
Will you risk the hostile stare
should your life attract or scare?
Will you let me answer prayer
in you and you in me?

3. Will you love the ‘you’ you hide
if I but call your name?
Will you quell the fear inside
and never be the same?
Will you use the faith you’ve found
to reshape the world around
Through my sight and touch and sound
in you, and you in me?

4. Lord, your summons echoes true
when you but call my name.
Let me turn and follow you
and never be the same.
In your company I’ll go
where your love and footsteps show.
Thus I’ll move and live and grow
in you and you in me.

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