A New Year hymn

It’s going to be a new year soon.  And while it’s a new year, we aren’t the first to face a new year, resolutions or the gym.  Cecil Alexander wrote this hymn as a call to all believers facing a new year back in the 1800’s.  I thought it would be good for all of us to remember that we have the same call on our lives as they did hundreds of years ago.

Part of the reason this spoke to me was the idea that Jesus calls us from our worship of the world around us.  We don’t speak of our worship as something we need to turn from, but maybe it’s a good idea for us to wrestle with?

The challenge for all of us is it to revisit the call of God in this generation in 2014.

Jesus calls us thru the tumult 
	of our life's wild, restless sea; 
	day by day his strong voice sounding, 
	saying, "Christian, follow me!" 

As of old the apostles heard it 
	by the Galilean lake, 
	turned from home and toil and kindred, 
	leaving all for Jesus' sake. 

Jesus calls us from the worship 
	of the vain world's golden store, 
	from each idol that would keep us, 
	saying, "Christian, love me more!" 

In our joys and in our sorrows, 
	days of toil and hours of ease, 
	still he calls, in cares and pleasures, 
	"Christian, love me more than these!" 

Jesus calls us! By his mercies, 
	Savior, may we hear your call, 
	give our hearts to your obedience, 
	serve and love you best of all. 
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