The Call (For Richard Baxter, Pastor and Spiritual Writer)

He seeth and pitieth you, while you are drowned in worldly cares and pleasures, and eagerly following childish toys, and wasting that short and precious time for a thing of nought, in which you should make ready for an everlasting life.
(Richard Baxter, A Call to the Unconverted to Turn and Live)

Wars are waged, kingdoms fall,
Governments and churches sprawl,
Nations writhe in their uproar;
He lifts His voice; He calls…

And as we go about our days
In our old accustomed ways,
Rich in our content self-praise;
He lifts His voice; He says…

Pulpits shake the sleeping pews,
Archbishops shout, pastors refuse,
The actors leave without their cues;
He lifts His voice; He woos…

And drowning in our happy sea,
We hear Him call across the breeze.
Will He find someone who heeds
As He calls to us and pleads…

He lifts His voice; He calls.

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