What I’m Thinking: Call My Name

In a special edition of What I’m Thinking, Pastor Eric considers Mary Magdalene’s encounter with the risen Jesus and turns from thinking to singing.

Here’s a transcript:

This is a special edition of What I’m Thinking. Earlier this week, I was thinking about Jesus’ commandment to love, which we read at worship on Maundy Thursday. Today I’m thinking about Jesus’ resurrection, about Mary’s encounter with him outside the tomb (John 20:1-18).

But instead of thinking about it, I thought I’d sing.

A most blessed Easter to you.

Call My Name

by Eric Anderson

How did the sky appear
As she walked up to the hillside?
Did the storm of Friday linger
To blend with Mary’s tears?
Or did the heavens blaze with scarlet, rose, and gold
In defiance of her sorrow
And in tune with life?

When his figure appeared
How did she take him for the gardener?
How did she not know the voice
That asked her of her tears?
Oh, I can hardly blame her if her eyes were closed with sorrow!
But she knew the voice of Jesus
When he called her name


Call my name, Jesus,
So I may see you.
Call my name, Jesus
So I might hear!
Call my name in the light,
In the night, in the rain.
Call my name, Jesus
Call my name.

You said that you’d be present
In the hungry and imprisoned.
You said that you’d be present
Among three of us or more.
So why do I go on with weeping at your absence?
Why do I shake with the sorrows
And struggles of the world? 


Mary dried her tears
And became your first great witness
Mary dried her tears
For she had seen your life
Summon me, my Savior, so I follow in her footsteps
Let me recognize your voice:
Jesus, call my name.

(Last Chorus)

Call my name, Jesus,
So I may see you.
Call my name, Jesus,
So I might hear.
So I might in the night
In the light, in the rain
Care for your people
When you call my name.

That’s what I’m thinking. I’m curious to hear what you’re thinking. Leave your thoughts in the comment section below; I’d love to hear from you.

“Call My Name” is ©2018 by Eric S. Anderson. Used by permission.

Categories What I'm Thinking | Tags: | Posted on April 21, 2019

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