Stop and Think about a Hymn

Open Hymnal


In the Cross of Christ I Glory

In the cross of Christ I glory,
Towering o’er the wrecks of time;
All the light of sacred story
Gathers round its head sublime.

When the woes of life o’ertake me,
Hopes deceive, and fears annoy,
Never shall the cross forsake me,
Lo! it glows with peace and joy.

When the sun of bliss is beaming
Light and love upon my way,
From the cross the radiance streaming
Adds more luster to the day.

By John Bowring
Text in the Public Domain

Why would John Bowring glory in a cross? Why does he say that it “towers” and what are the “wrecks of time?”

In what two situations does the cross have value for the hymnwriter?

What does the writer mean when he says, “never shall the cross forsake me?” Do you ever wear a cross as a necklace, pin or any other personal adornment? Why? Some people think every Christian should wear a cross at all times. Why would they think that?

In what way does the cross shine “light and love” on your path forward?

By Katherine Harms, author of Oceans of Love available for Kindle at
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