In The Cross Of Christ I Glory ~ hymn

In The Cross of Christ I Glory

This week, Miss E was singing her way through our hymn book, seeing what new song to choose for her voice lesson. She came upon In The Cross Of Christ I Glory and asked if I knew it. I did not. She read through the words of it, feeling moved by the truth of the lyrics.

In The Cross of Christ I Glory

lyrics: John Bowring (1825)
music: Ithamar  Conkey (1849)

1 In the cross of Christ I glory,
towering o’er the wrecks of time;
all the light of sacred story
gathers round its head sublime.

2 When the woes of life o’ertake me,
hopes deceive, and fears annoy,
never shall the cross forsake me.
Lo! it glows with peace and joy.

3 When the sun of bliss is beaming
light and love upon my way,
from the cross the radiance streaming
adds more luster to the day.

4 Bane and blessing, pain and pleasure,
by the cross are sanctified;
peace is there that knows no measure,
joys that through all time abide.

5 In the cross of Christ I glory,
towering o’er the wrecks of time;
all the light of sacred story
gathers round its head sublime.

After she mentioned how striking the lyrics were, I read through them. Particularly touched by the second stanza, I decided this was the hymn to share this week. We are often overwhelmed by this life on earth. There is much to be overwhelmed by – life, family, job, hurt, cancer, medical bills, regular bills, time crunches, deadlines, and more. And this is just some of the more common. When the uncommon hits – owing thousands on a business that isn’t making it, betrayals by those who we love most, yet another diagnosis, the mega weather disaster, and many other things – what do we do?

Do we turn to the cross? Do we “gather round” with “all the light of the sacred story?” Do we let the “joys that through all time abide?” Do we remember the peace and joy and hope that comes from the One who died on the cross?

Some practical items:

1 – Pick up your Bible and read. God’s story will comfort you and bring you strength to step forward yet again.

2 – Pray. Pray for wisdom or peace or healing or whatever it is you might need. God knows what we need before we ask yet he still tells us to ask.

3 – Write. Or draw. Write down a joy. Write down a thanksgiving. Draw the happiness that God gives. Draw a verse that strikes you during your reading. It doesn’t have to be stunnning or beautiful. But the very act of writing or drawing allows you to focus even deeper on the One who does bring joy and thanksgiving and peace.

4 – Breathe. Breathe in the air that God created in His wisdom. The simple act of breathing will often calm and release concerns.

5 – Repeat as needed.

God know you and knows what you need. Speak to Him through prayer and allow Him to speak to you through His word. Get to know Him. Draw near to Him. And this world will not be such a difficult place to be. Yes, the concerns will still exist and the difficulties will still be here but we will see the path going through and coming out on the other side, in heaven. Focus on that “Light at the end of the tunnel” – God.

Lori, At Home.


2 thoughts on “In The Cross Of Christ I Glory ~ hymn

  1. Annette Vellenga (@athomepets) October 13, 2019 at 11:34 pm Reply

    Oh, you are sending me off to bed with not only a good song in my head, but words to ponder as well. Well done. 🙂

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