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.
Today’s challenge is “treasure boxes.”
When I think of treasure boxes currently, I think of Matthew 6:21 “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” This is the theme verse for Lads to Leaders 2016, so this is what we are working on in a number of areas. Our heads and hearts are being trained to hold the treasure that God has given to us. We are learning sign language so that we can speak to those who cannot hear. We are studying Matthew so that we know it more thoroughly. We are working on serving others. We are memorizing scripture. We are going to create scrapbooks and banners to share with others our beliefs and hope. So these “treasure boxes” are certainly the most special ones I have in my possession.
And on the more physical side of the topic, all of us girls love little boxes. You will find them all over the house. Some of them are actually not so little. My most special is the one my dad made for me and gave to me when I turned 16 – my cedar chest.
I have a lovely jewelry box that my husband gave me the night before our wedding, as well as one I got when I graduated and one a giggly girls gave me for mother’s day one year.
Each girl has several special boxes, from jeweled ones to ceramic one to pretty paper boxes. Anything to make us smile and help contain the clutter.
But we will do our best to forever hold fast to the true treasure – our Lord and Savior.
Linking up at A Glimpse of Our Life and This Day Has Great Potential for the July Blogging Challenge.