I’ve always loved hymns, growing up in a little country Baptist church we’d have monthly hymn sings where we’d gather with all the churches in the area and sing our hearts out (and then eat a lot of pie, because, Baptists).
My favorite hymn of all is Softly and Tenderly. The emphasis on coming to Christ being the same as coming home is a beautiful comfort. The words penned in 1880: “Earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling, calling, O sinner, come home.”
I love that the hymn writer intentionally included “sinner.” The comfort that God doesn’t welcome you in because you’re perfect, you haven’t earned your seat at the table. But that while we were sinners, Christ died for us. While I am proud and arrogant and actively fighting against Him (daily), He calls to me earnestly and tenderly, come home. To rest from my striving in His grace, to be forgiven. Read it slowly: “Ye who are weary, come home.”
The hand lettered lyrics are written on a canvas banner hanging from a wooden hanger to display in your home. That is what I desire the atmosphere in my own home to be, a place where the weary find rest.