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I Heard Jesus Call My Name...
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By James Pemberton
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I Heard Jesus Call My Name…


I heard Jesus call my name just the other day.

I told him.  “Not now!”  “Just go away!”


It was his voice.  It was clear and imminent.

I was just “too busy”.

 This was evident!


Why should I care?  Why should I listen?

There’s too many things,

 I don’t want to be missin’!


I know that he is near me..  His voice beckons…

Obeying his voice is an important lesson!


It’s so difficult for me to trust and obey.

I’m “preoccupied” twenty four hours a day!


This life I have.  I know that God has given.

I haven’t included him in,

 the way I’ve been livin’!


Perhaps I’ll do it tomorrow.  Some other time.

Maybe he’ll call another name.  And not mine!


God realizes the mess that I’ve gotten myself in.

“Some other day,” I’ll try calling for him.


I know that he loves me

and wants the very best.

If I answer his voice. 

My life will be blessed!


I’ve changed my mind!  Lord… Here I am!

Please take my life and take my hand!


I’ll do what you ask. 

I’ll listen to your voice.

This is the best decision. 

This is the best choice!


Thank you Lord for being

so patient and kind!

You're my beloved and you're mine!


By Jim Pemberton   (c) 2011

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Submitted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Last Updated: Monday, November 28, 2011

About the Poet
I and my wife have 4 grown children and currently live in the Pacific Northwest. I've spent much of my life doing volunteer work in the food distribution for the needy among local churches. Many of the poems I've written are a reflection of times of adversity as a reminder of God's love and faithfulness. I've found many opportunities to share my poems with those who are hurting and discouraged. I'm thankful for the reports of many of the poems touching people's lives. I hope that the poems included on Wordchimes will touch and bless your life too!

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