I bought this bag of jewelry in a thrift shop a couple of weeks ago to recycle into crafts and among the little treasures was a rosary made of wood. The figure of Christ was gone and immediately, I thought, "of course he is gone, he's risen". We celebrate the Risen Christ, not Christ on the Cross.
Even though it was Christmas time, the last time I sang in the Singing Christmas Tree (My fifth and last year), we sang, "When I survey the Wondrous Cross". I felt so emotional singing the line, "see from His head, His hands, His feet, sorrow and love flow mingled down", I wanted to cry that the savior was dying of his wounds and bleeding for me, a sinner. His blood was mingled with his love, "love so amazing, so complete, demands my soul, my life, my all!" You can meditate on the words to this hymn forever! What a lesson in love and sacrifice! And the writer of this hymn felt such love for the Lord!
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
When I survey the wondrous Cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain would seem but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.
See from His head, His hands, His feet
Sorrow and love flow mingled down.
Love so amazing, so complete
Demands my life, my love, my All...
A cousin sent me this beautiful cross for my birthday last month with a house blessing on it. Perfect! I have it in my kitchen and love it because it is an outward symbol of my faith and belief and because I love the giver, also.
Have you surveyed the Wondrous Cross? Have you comprehended what a sacrifice it was for God to give his only begotten Son so that you may have eternal life and dwell in heaven with him? Should we not be forever grateful? We are so blessed!
The Rosary was lying on my computer desk next to a rock and I thought, how appropriate! "On Christ the solid Rock I stand". We had a little Chahuahua when we moved to SC 22 yrs. ago and unknown to us, she brought her favorite rock with her. It was buried in the blanket in her bed. She is long gone but I still have her rock with its bite marks on it. She loved it so much that she would even fall asleep with it in her mouth! The Rock gave her comfort as Our Rock, Jesus gives us comfort.
Isaac Watts wrote "When I survey the Wondrous Cross" in 1707 and the music was written by Edward Miller. For more information his Isaac Watts life, put his name in search in your computer. His life is very interesting.
Thank you for visiting today and I hope you take away with you a Blessing! Come again soon and celebrate the love of the Lord with us!
My Christian heart to yours...
PS: Forgot to say that the music of this hymn was also adapted to a love ballad, "The River is Wide".