I sought the Lord

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 of thee.

Thou didst reach forth thy hand and mine enfold,
I walked and sank not on the storm-vexed sea.  
'Twas not so much that I on thee took hold
as thou, dear Lord, on me.

I find, I walk, I love, but, oh, the whole
of love is but my answer, Lord, to thee!  
For thou wert long beforehand with my soul,
always thou lovedst me.

#506 in Hymnal: A Worship Book

Words:  Holy Songs, Carols, and Sacred Ballads, 1880
   Tune:  J. Harold Moyer, 1965, The Mennonite Hymnal, 1969
                    Music copyright 1969 Faith & Life/Mennonite Publishing House

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