Dear Blogger Friends...
When I was a little girl and then well into adulthood one of my favorite hymns was entitled
THE OLD RUGGED CROSS.
It was written by the Reverend George Bennard back in 1941 and for many years was included in most church hymnals.
I've sung this song more times than I can say and memorized long ago each word of all four stanzas. The third verse is especially meaningful to me for it speaks personally to my own imperfect heart. It says exactly what I've always struggled to put into words...
"In the 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.
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."
~AS A CHILD on EASTER SUNDAY~
I've shared with you the picture above several times since I started blogging. It was taken in 1963 on Easter Sunday in front of my childhood church in Hacienda Heights, California. I deeply love this little photo and I'm so happy it has survived now for so many years. I spent many a Sunday sitting inside this church and last week I was honored to visit it again. Lots of life-lessons and Bible stories were learned in that building and it was there I also first learned to pray...
~OUTSIDE OUR CHILDHOOD CHURCH~
A chain link fence now surrounds the church making it impossible for my siblings and I to walk onto the property. You can still see the same backdoor shown in the old photo taken with our parents. Although noticeably tattered and worn I'm happy the church is still standing.
I love Easter and all it represents!
Today I wish you all a blessed holy day. I pray for you peace, love, hope and forgiveness.
The very things I've found at the Cross.
Love to you...