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On a Hill Far Away

Sunday, April 9, 2023...Easter Sunday

Matthew 28:7 (NIV) "Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

Do you have a favorite hymn? 

I have several favorites. One is "The Old Rugged Cross".

There is no better hymn to sing on Easter Sunday than this one. With just a little research from the Internet, I found some history about this song. I found it was written by George Bennard. He once said: "Being a Christian is not easy, but we all need to cling to that old cross and bear the shame and ridicule we might face." He composed this hymn in 1912. Bennard was born in Youngstown, Ohio, in 1873, died Reed City, Michigan on October 10, 1958.

Usually I cry when I sing this hymn as does my sister Judy. We are so similar in our thoughts about hymns. Oftentimes, words affect us and cause us great emotion. I think we get this trait from our dad. For instance, every time Dad would tell a story about his favorite president, Abraham LIncoln, he'd cry.

Here are this hymn's lyrics:

On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross...The emblem of suffering and shameAnd I love that old cross where the dearest and bestFor a world of lost sinners was slain

So I'll cherish the old rugged crossTill my trophies at last I lay downI will cling to the old rugged crossAnd exchange it some day for a crown
 
To the old rugged cross I will ever be trueIt's shame and reproach gladly bearThen he'll call me some day to my home far awayWhere his glory forever I'll share
And I'll cherish the old rugged crossTill my trophies at last I lay down
And I will cling to the old rugged crossAnd exchange it some day for a crownI will cling to the old rugged crossAnd exchange it some day for a crown
 
 
 

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