Jesus Calls Us O’er the Tumult

A few days ago I posted about a hymn, , that encourages us to be attentive and notice the presence of Christ amid the distractions of daily life. Jesus Calls Us O’er the Tumult, is similar in theme. It was written by Mrs. Cecil Frances Alexander (1818–1895). Mrs. Alexander, who was married to an Anglican rector, wrote more than 400 hymns, most of them for children. This hymn is an exception. It first appeared in a collection called Hymns for Public Worship (1852), published by the Society for the Propagation of Christian Knowledge (SPCK), Tract No. 15, as a hymn for St. Andrew’s Day. The words are both clear and direct, based upon the text for the day, Matthew 4:18–22 (the calling of Andrew and Peter, both fishermen). Listen today and reflect on this question: What is God calling me to do?

For more hymns see these posts:

St. Francis Set to Music

Trust and Obey

The Wondrous Cross

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