A few of you who are following my blog emailed me your thoughts and shared excitement about the poetry contest. That gave me an idea. (Look out folks, Hope is thinking!)
This is a cross blog—a blog that hopefully keeps us ever aware of:
- The work of the cross as the central theme of our lives
- The central theme of our great commission to lift up the cross like headlights on a highway, showing people the way to God.
Easter Sunday is April 8th. I’d like EVERYONE to consider sending me (via email) a poem or a song on the cross and I’ll post it on the blog for all of us to enjoy. You may enjoy a poem or song that you wrote or perhaps one that Charles Wesley or Isaac Watts wrote. (And let’s not leave out Chris Tomlin who is at the top of the charts on cross songs today.) Pick out your favorites and send them in! Send me a line or two on why this poem or song sticks with you. It would be incredible to have a post a day or more than one post a day, as each of us contributes a favorite poem or song that honors the sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus and is near to our hearts.
Send your poem or song to seehopeatcomcast.net as soon as possible! I’ll add pictures and You Tube links, etc. Just bring me the poem or song!
Please allow me to start us off. My favorite hymn of all time is “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”, and I found the lyrics at Cyber Hymnal (with awful organ music, but the lyrics are there). I enjoy Chris Tomlin’s version of this song and so I’ll post both the words and a You Tube link for you to listen to it. (For more information on this song please scroll down.)
Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God!
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood.
See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?
Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.
According to Cyber Hymnal, Charles Wesley reported said he would give up all his other hymns to have written this one!
The music was written by Lowell Mason in 1824 and first appeared in
The Boston Handel and Haydn Society Collection of Church Music, third edition, 1825.
Perhaps you’d like to hear Chris Tomlin and Matt Redman’s version of When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, from You Tube: