Sunday, August 28

Sunday's Hymn: Reader's Choice

Brandon's favorite hymn is Battle Hymn of the Republic. I considered posting it along with a quote from Stonewall Jackson or something like that in order to give equal attention to believers on both sides in the American Civil War, but that turned out to be more work than I'm up for, so I've gone with one of Brandon's other suggestions, a hymn he calls an "old reliable". This one was also one of my husband's favorite hymns.
The Old Rugged Cross

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.

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.

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.

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.

This hymn's author is George Bennard, who was an evangelist in the U.S. and Canada.

We've come to the end of the long list of Reader's Choice hymns. Do you have another hymn you'd like to see featured here on Sunday? Make your suggestions in the comments.

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