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Friday, April 10, 2009

On a hill far away...


...stood an old rugged cross,
The emblem of suffering and shame;
And I love that old cross where the dearest and best
For a world of lost sinners was slain.

(Refrain):
So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown.

O that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,
Has a wondrous attraction for me;
For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above
To bear it to dark Calvary.

(Refrain)

In that old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine,
A wondrous beauty I see,
For ’twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died,
To pardon and sanctify me.

(Refrain)

To the old rugged cross I will ever be true;
Its shame and reproach gladly bear;
Then He’ll call me some day to my home far away,
Where His glory forever I’ll share.


"The Old Rugged Cross" -by George Bennard (1873-1958).

Such a bittersweet song; one of my favorites, although I don't know if it's in the latest revision of the hymnal at my church...I'll have to check, maybe later today if I remember.

I've always had a rough time of it on Good Friday, although of course that is as nothing compared to what Jesus went through on that fateful day. For me, and you...

14 Comments:

Blogger wingnut77 said...

Hey Jack... I'm so glad you posted this today. I was just thinking this morning that if I see one more stupid bunny, I would have to get out my duct tape. Easter truly is, was, and will always be about the cross on the hill.

Kip

April 10, 2009 7:42 AM  
Blogger Beerme said...

A great hymn, for sure! It captures the ambivalence of Easter, which has always fascinated me.

April 10, 2009 8:42 AM  
Blogger boberin said...

Beautiful, thanks!

April 10, 2009 8:54 AM  
Blogger Bunny said...

Beautiful post, Jack. Jesus' suffering on that "Old Rugged Cross" for our salvation is the most wonderful and important blessing of all. May you be blessed greatly on this Good Friday. He is Risen!

April 10, 2009 9:24 AM  
Blogger benning said...

Thanks, Camo! Perfect reminder!

He is risen indeed!

April 10, 2009 9:51 AM  
Blogger Alan said...

Stunning image and great message again this year Jack

April 10, 2009 11:37 AM  
Blogger UpNorthLurkin said...

Beautiful sentiment, Jack. It was one of my Granny's favorites too. I was the only grandchild allowed to play her old reed organ. I played her favorite hymns (Rock of Ages being her other favorite) and she'd sing along. Thanks for the memories.

April 10, 2009 11:48 AM  
Blogger Ms RightWing's Ink said...

Thanks Camojack. A great reminder. A very close friend of mine was laid to rest yesterday, though I don't think dying is rest, we will bill busy hugging friends and talking with Jesus.

The soloist also sang my two favorite hymns, Amazing Grace and In The Garden. I somehow love the In the Garden hymn away from church much better because we can reflect instead of singing.

Yes, we must all face death someday, but never can a man endure what our Lord and Savior endured. But, thankfully He did. And because of that we live.

Happy Resurrection Day one and all

April 10, 2009 12:34 PM  
Blogger RAM said...

Great post camo! How wonderful to have Godly friends, (even here in cyberspace), that share our love of GOD and HIS precious Son JESUS!!!

TBN has had a bunch of special/movies about JESUS all this week, some I had never seen before. I have taped them as I was watching.

This truly is a most wonderful week! Even having my disease, it seems insignificant when hearing again, the GOOD NEWS that HE is RISEN!!!!

April 10, 2009 3:36 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

wingnut77:
It's best to just ignore the commercialism, methinks; as you said (very well, in fact) Easter "is, was, and will always be about the cross on the hill."

Beerme:
Bittersweet indeed, yes.

boberin:
You're most welcome, of course.

Bunny:
Jesus' suffering for all of us on that "Old Rugged Cross" is what it's all about, to be sure.

Blessings on you and yours, too.

benning:
I find it helps to be reminded of just what Jesus went through for us.

Alan:
I'm glad you like it. The picture, I think, is quite dramatic.

UpNorthLurkin:
I had organ lessons as a child myself, but never pursued it.

Memories are to be cherished...the good ones, that is.

Ms RightWing:
"Amazing Grace" and "In The Garden" are actually two of my favorite hymns as well, although the "Old Rugged Cross" is most suitable for this day.

I'm sorry to hear about your friend's passing, but as you say, something better awaits.

RAM:
One of the good things about "Da 'Net" is the facility of connecting with like-minded souls. I'm happy to have become acquainted with so many, and even to have met some in the "real" world, such as yourself...

April 10, 2009 4:56 PM  
Blogger mindknumbed kid said...

The love of God has given vistory to the vilest of sinners. Sadly there are so many who are not interested in knowing him. Excellent post Camo, thank you for sharing your thoughts with us.

April 10, 2009 9:24 PM  
Blogger Barb said...

I had one of those busy crazy weeks and I wasn't even going to get on the computer tonight . I am so glad I did .To read those words again ,and I could hear them in my head as I've heard them so often.Then I took the time to pause and think and feel.It's so good. and I feel I am in such good company,sharing these feelings.

April 10, 2009 10:07 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

mindknumbed kid:
This "blogosphere" venue is an excellent way for us to share our thoughts on this, and any other subject. I'm happy to share mine, thanks.

Barb:
I'm glad you got on the computer then too, if my little blog post helped you in any way.

I'm also glad that I am in such good company here...

April 11, 2009 9:30 AM  
Blogger Hawkeye® said...

Great post Camo. It's a good reminder: unless you plant a seed, no crops will grow. When a wheat seed is buried, a plant springs forth that creates many more seeds in its place. Jesus had to die and be buried in order that a new crop of Christians would spring forth. We millions of Christians are here to take His place. Go forth and blossom.

God Bless...

April 11, 2009 12:38 PM  

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