Softly and Tenderly, Jesus Is Calling


"The Teacher has come and is calling for you." John 11:28 NKJV

So Jesus sent Martha to call Mary to come to him after their brother Lazarus had died.

With right arm extended upward and his index finger in a 'come here' motion, my father's last words were: He's calling me. 

Back in 2015, Robert P. Swierenga helped me submit an article to the magazine Origins, a publication of the Calvin College Seminary Archives. The article, "Edward John Wolters: A Glimpse into the Life of a Young Teacher in the 1920s", was published. Dad grew up on a farm a mile south of Graafschap, near Holland, Michigan. In the year 1912, when he wanted to continue school after eighth grade, his father said to him, "I can't afford to send you to Grand Rapids (to Calvin)."

So Dad took horse and buggy four and a half miles one way each day to Hope Prep School and then Hope College for a total of eight years. When he graduated in 1920 (a hundred years ago), he began teaching at Holland Christian High School. After six years, in 1926, he began teaching at Hope College and continued his teaching career there until he retired in 1966.

God gave me a fine father. The same Voice that called him will one day call for each of us. Let's keep working for Jesus until he calls us home. 

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