The hymn that I have chosen today has a couple of different focuses.
First, it is beautiful and reminds me that I have a cross to bear. I need to “take up my cross and follow” Jesus. (Matthew 16:24) I hope I do so cheerfully, at least most of the time. I hope that I am an example for others to do the same. I am prayerful that God is guiding my bearing of the cross that my girls will learn to do so as well, in accordance with God’s will.
Second, we are studying Matthew in depth as part of our Lads to Leaders training. Anything that helps touch on Matthew during the next few months will be a welcome addition to our study, especially music.
Must Jesus Bear the Cross Alone?
words: Thomas Shepherd (w. 1693)
music: George N. Allen (w. 1844)
1: Must Jesus bear the cross alone,
And all the world go free?
No, there’s a cross for every one,
And there’s a cross for me.
2. The consecrated cross I’ll bear
Till He shall set me free.
And then go home my crown to wear,
For there’s a crown for me.
3. O precious cross! O glorious crown!
O resurrection day!
Ye angels from the stars, come down
And bear my soul away.
May you have a wonderful week.