Sunday, April 4, 2010

Clinging to the Old Rugged Cross

The Old Rugged Cross

On a hill far away, stood an 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 cling to the old rugged cross,

Til my trophies at last I lay down.

I will cling to the old rugged cross

And exchange it some day for a crown.

I will ever be True to the old rugged cross

It's shame and reproach gladly bear.

For the Dear Lamb of God

Left His glory above to suffer

And die for us there.

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.

I had the privilege of singing this old hymn for the last two Easters for my ladies' bible study/prayer group. There are many new sacred songs today, but there is something so special about the old, familiar hymns. I think it is a shame that so many young people have never heard many of these great standards - it's a heritage they are are truly missing out on and that could be lost if not paid attention to. After all, we love Vintage!! Many of the old sacred hymns are the same ones that the beautiful ladies in the Victorian images that we so love, sang as they were worshipping the Lord (in their pretty dresses and huge hats).

So whenever I am asked to sing, I always try to pick out an old special hymn or at least a sacred song from the 1940s, 50s or 60s. I don't want them to die out and they surely do teach the gospel, simply and beautifully.

Most importantly, the grave could not keep Jesus down, on the third day, He arose, with a mighty triumph in His soul. He bought salvation, healing, peace and heaven for us. We just each need to ask Him for forgiveness and tell Him you accept his sacrifice on the cross, ask Him to come into your heart and life, and He promises that He will. It takes a decision and an act of your will, so come to Jesus, He is waiting for you. There is room at the cross for you....

Clinging to Him this Resurrection Day,

Cynthia K.


  1. I just was stopping by, wanting to wish you a wonderful Easter.

    He has RISEN!

    Bless you.

  2. So thankful for this...blessings to you this Resurrection Sunday!

  3. Hi Sweetie. I wanted to wish you a very late Happy Easter. How I love the song, The Old Rugged Cross. Like you I just love the old hymns best. I really haven't heard a newer one that I can picture you hearing the first few words ten years from now and remembering the rest. Those old hymns are just so timeless and beautiful. Thanks for showing me words again.

    I hope all is well with you. If it's not don't be afraid to share that either. I just love hearing from you.

    All my love, Tracy

  4. Cynthia amor, what a beautiful post! I truly hope you had a beautiful Easter..I have missed your posts amor ;) Take care and remember your friend in Sunny California is thinking of you :) Besos, Rose

  5. I love this song... in my mind whenever I hear it I hear B.J. Thompson singing it. I had a gospel album of his years back and that was one of the songs on it. I hope you had a most Blessed Easter!

  6. Oh, I'm late. Been trotting since early, early morn, yesterday and then today at work! But hope your Easter was a lovely one!

  7. Hi Cynthia,
    I hope you had a wonderful Resurrection Day. What a beautiful post; love the picture and the hymn! Like you, I enjoy the old and the new music. The older I get though, the more I seem to appreciate the old hymns.
    I am so happy you stopped by to have tea with me. I would be honoured to have you join in some week. You have a wonderful blog; it's neat and very appealing aesthetically!
    Please stop by again soon as I love your company! Hope you have a beautiful day.


  8. Oh how I love this song. I would love to hear you sing it.
    Been wanting to visit you and see how you are doing. Miss our visits.

  9. Hi Cynthia ~ What a Beautiful Post..... An Old Favorite, you don't hear that song in Church very ofter today ~ How Beautiful it must have been for You to sing it~
    Have a wonderful week

  10. The Old Rugged Cross is certainly one of the old hymns of the faith...I love it and wish we heard more of the old hymns...but then again, as my kids tell me, I am behind the times!!

  11. Cynthia, hope you had a great Easter!!! Or, I like to call it Resurrection Sunday!!! We don't sing enough of the old hymns....I just picked up a book the other day that talks about the stories behind the hymns...always interesting reading! Started by new blog, "Devotionally Yours" sharing devotions and my late husband's journey with cancer. I am excited and scared as I am working this all into a book. Would appreciate your prayers....thanks, debbie

  12. What a wonderful post!
    And timely for ANY time of year, not just Easter. :-)

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  13. Tanks for thinking of me.. There are hours when I feel good and then others not so great. They say pollen is bad this year and i am copying with it,
    Love the song The old Rugged Cross.
    Rev. Bennard lived his retirement years in Reed City and that is where my late husband is from. They have a small monument their with a cross.
    Again thanks for the kind words. Elaine

  14. Congrats! You were one of the winners in my giveaway! Come see!

  15. All I can say is AMEN Cindy!!!! I love the old hymns. I do love some of the new songs too, but there is nothing like an cherished old hymn!

  16. I totally agree Cynthia. When I'm at church and I see an old standby on the program I get so excited. How Great Thou Art is my favorite. It reminds me of my PopPop who died when I was too little to get to know him.

  17. thanks for inviting me to visit your blog! I'm a new follower now! thanks!! Dixie

  18. Cynthia,
    You are a sweetheart! It's bloggers like you who inspire me to never quit. Thanks so much for visiting means alot!

    Peace, Love and Blessings~

  19. Gosh, I could "swear" that I had commented on this...because of how much I like this image in B & W....but don't find it here.
    It is really lovely.

    Thanks for dropping by my blog...always love seeing you there.


  20. You are so right ... the youth of today are missing out on so much. I love this song ...

    Have a beautiful week.
    TTFN ~ Marydon

  21. Yes, I'll cling to the cross...there there is hope!
    Thank you so much for your compassion and prayers...they mean so much to me...I am so sorry for your losses...I can't even imagine...aren't we so thankful for our hope?

  22. Have a Happy Easter to you also !Nice post !!

  23. I love this hymn. It was my Grams favorite and was sung at her funeral. Just reading the words gives me goose bumps.

    Thanks so much for you prayers and kind words this am.


  24. Lovely hymn and the picture is so beautiful! Thank you for your words you are wonderful for sharing them, Sincerely, have a beautiful day! Jonny

  25. I can't sing this without tears...


  26. Hey Cynthia!
    Thank you SO much for your prayers about my little blue house, I sure do appreciate them. :-)


  27. I just found your lovely blog & I look forward to following you through all your adventures!

  28. Hi my dear!!
    You won the Giveaway!!!

  29. Just had to come by and check on you! Thank you so much for the get well wishes you sent me
    Hope you are doing good yourself.
    Let me know

  30. Cynthia, Hi. That is a beautiful old hymn. I think Amy Grant sang that on your hymn CD. Beautiful post!

  31. Hi Cynthia. I know I'm late but I just want to come by and tell you I hope you had a lovely Mothers Day. I think of you often but with Neil & his Mom here 24/7 it's all I can do to post myself. I hope you are doing okay and know that I love you and cherish your friendship.

    Hugs and smiles, Tracy :)

  32. Hi Cynthia, come and visit my blog today. I think it will make you smile. Well, at least the second part of the post!

    Happy Monday!

  33. Hi Cynthia,
    So nice to meet you and thank you for stopping by and your kind comments. Also, thank you for becoming a follower. I have enjoyed my visit here at your lovely blog and I too have become a happy follower.

    Yes, I too love the old hymns and this one is really an old favorite. I love to play it on the piano and I cry every time I do, as it ministers to me through the lyrics.

    Good Luck in my giveaway and I look forward to seeing you again. Have a nice evening.
    Blessings to you and sending big Texas hugs,
    Celestina Marie

  34. Hi Cynthia. It's been so long since I've heard from you. I hope things are getting better. I miss you Sweetie! My prayers are with you. I just want you to know I care. If you'd like to talk just email me and if you want to talk on the phone I'd be happy to give you my phone number or you can give me yours and I'll give you a call. Or maybe you just like to online chat. If you don't feel like that just know that you're in my heart and I miss you.

    Love and big hugs...Tracy :)

  35. I love old hymns including this one and Amazing Grace. Glad you stopped by my give away!

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