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A Shiver Before the Words by Raymond A. Foss

My body shivered, trembled before the words
an ache, a doubt, wondering how I would have responded
if you had called me, a fisherman by the sea
Would I have left all, my life, my family, to follow you
a tall order, uncomfortable, standing beside my wife
a shiver in singing these words again
my faith a challenge, to submit to your will alone
so many other demands, desires, commitments
on each of our lives, on our days
a trembling, before our God
unsure how I would have reacted
if Jesus had called my name
as he called the first twelve

October 19, 2008
Hymn – “Would I Have Answered When You Called”,
The Faith We Sing, 2137
Suncook United Methodist Church
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