55*. "Call Them In"--The Poor, the Wretched

8,7.
by Anna Shipton
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"Call them in"—the poor, the wretched,
 
Sin-stained wanderers from the fold;
 
Peace and pardon freely offer;
 
Can you weigh their worth with gold?
 
"Call them in"—the weak, the weary,
 
Laden with the doom of sin;
 
Bid them come and rest in Jesus;
 
He is waiting—"call them in."
Luke 14:16-24; Matthew 11:28; 2 Peter 3:9
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"Call them in"—the brokenhearted,
 
Cow'ring neath the brand of shame;
 
Speak love's message low and tender:
 
'Twas for sinners Jesus came.
 
See, the shadows lengthen round us,
 
Soon the day-dawn will begin;
 
Can you leave them lost and lonely?
 
Christ is coming—"call them in."
Matthew 9:13
“Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many. And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready. And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come. So that servant came, and showed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind. And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room. And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper.” (Luke 14:16-24)