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Rescue the Perishing

It should come as no surprise that Fanny Crosby loved sharing the Gospel with others. That passion is seen in the many hymns she wrote during her lifetime, including this week’s hymn, “Rescue the Perishing.”

Fanny spent many weeknights at the New York City Bowery Mission, making opportunities to speak with the men who came in off the street looking for food and shelter. On one such occasion, a young man came forward to speak with her after the service. He was convinced his lifestyle would prevent him from making it  to heaven, and he feared he would never meet his mother there. Fanny shared the Gospel with him and prayed with him, and led him to Christ.

Rescue the perishing, care for the dying,
Snatch them in pity from sin and the grave;
Weep o’er the erring one, lift up the fallen,
Tell them of Jesus, the mighty to save.

Though they are slighting Him, still He is waiting,
Waiting the penitent child to receive;
Plead with them earnestly, plead with them gently;
He will forgive if they only believe.

Down in the human heart, crushed by the tempter,
Feelings lie buried that grace can restore;
Touched by a loving heart, wakened by kindness,
Chords that were broken will vibrate once more.

Rescue the perishing, duty demands it;
Strength for thy labor the Lord will provide;
Back to the narrow way patiently win them;
Tell the poor wand’rer a Savior has died.


Rescue the perishing, care for the dying,
Jesus is merciful, Jesus will save.

Thank you for listening!

“9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”

(2 Peter 3:9)

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