Thou were long beforehand with my soul

All of our life is but a response to Someone who has always loved us first.

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On the occasion of my 25th anniversary of my Final Profession, I had the opportunity of choosing the music for the Mass of celebration.  For the closing hymn, I chose the following song.  It’s an anonymous poem put to music by one of our sisters.  The language is a little quaint, but the message is so true for each of us–and yet we forget it all too often.  All of our life is but a response to Someone who has always loved us first.

I sought the Lord, and afterward I knew
he moved my soul to seek Him, seeking me.
It was not I that found, O Savior true.
No, I was found, found by Thee.

Thou didst reach forth Thy hand and mine enfold.
I walked and sank not on the stormy sea.
‘Twas not so much that I on Thee took hold,
as Thou, dear Lord, on me.

I find, I walk, I love, but O the whole
of love is but my answer, Lord, to Thee!
For Thou were long beforehand with my soul.
Always Thou lovedst me.

Always He loves you.