Easter Poem/Hymn Submitted by David

I’d like to introduce you to a gentleman I met at the Colorado Christian Writers Conference, held every year in May.  (Sign up here if you want to squeak in the door in 2012!) David is a writer who cares about the cross and about religious persecution.  I’d also like to introduce you to a painting of Jesus by artist Rick Marschall, another friend and writer extraordinaire that I met in Colorado three years ago.  (Hey, it was a GREAT year!) Let’s hear what David has to say:

David:  I honestly can’t say why I love this hymn.  It just speaks to me and I love the music that goes with it.

Hope and I met at a Colorado Christian Writers Conference three years ago when I resumed attending after a very long break.  And that connection is how I came to this blog (Lift Jesus Cross) a month or so ago when she started it.  I’m attempting to write a novel, still trying to complete a rough draft of the first in time for this year’s conference.

The first poem/hymn about the cross that first comes to mind is a favorite:

Bernard of Clairvaux, author of O Sacred Head, How Wounded

“O Sacred head, Now Wounded” by Bernard of Clairvauxand adapted by Paul Gerhardt.

(I have a hymnal that my church used to use until we went modern and projected them.)

O Sacred Head, Now Wounded

O sacred Head, now wounded
With grief and shame weighed down;
Now scornfully surrounded
With thorns, Thine only crown.
How pale Thou art with anguish,
With sore abuse and scorn;
How does that visage lanquish,
Which once was bright as morn!

What Thou, my Lord, hast suffered
Was all for sinners’ gain;
Mine, mine was the transgression,
But thine the deadly pain.
Lo, here I fall, my Savior;
‘Tis I deserve Thy place.
Look on me with Thy favor;
Assist me with Thy grace.

What language shall I borrow
To thank Thee, dearest Friend,
For this, Thy dying sorrow,
Thy pity withot end?
O make me Thine forever;
And, should I fainting be,
Lord, let me never, never
Outlive my love to Thee.

I hope you’ll enjoy the You Tube Video.  O Sacred Head Now Wounded as sung by Amy Grant:







About Lift the Cross of Jesus!

My day job is writing--I'm an author and publisher of a number of books. More on that later. But there is nothing of greater importance to me than the early morning hours I spend with the Creator of the Universe. Although He knows everything there is to know, His greatest delight isn't to give us knowledge, but to give us love. My highest joy is to watch the sun rise with notebook in hand and write the words he speaks to my heart. I want to share some of those words with you here . . . words on the cross.
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1 Response to Easter Poem/Hymn Submitted by David

  1. Jean Oathout says:

    Please ask him if I may post this on my blog jean-oathout.blogspot.com


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