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December 11, 2019 12:04 pm
A while back, I invited my friend, Daniel Fisher (an exceptional violinist), to perform a duet with me at church. During the serving of communion, we played a medley of The Old Rugged Cross and Near the Cross.
Each time I listen to this, I’m stunned by his playing. While playing the piano …I just try to stay out his way. At the end you can faintly hear the communion trays being returned to the table. I felt that even that added value to this performance.
As caregivers, our lives can be filled with such stress and anxiety. The holidays are not exactly an antidote for those things. I put this LIVE recording on my CD, Songs for The Caregiver. The entire project was
meant to be a calming and inspiring one for my fellow caregivers.
Take a listen, and follow along with the lyrics. I think you will agree it’s soothing to your heart. The CD is available to download on ITUNES, AMAZON, etc , or you can Call Logos Bookstore in Nashville (615 297-5388) and they will ship one to you ….or as a Christmas gift.
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The Old Rugged CrossOn a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,The emblem of suff’ring and shame,And I love that old cross where the Dearest and BestFor 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.
Oh, 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 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.
Near The Cross
(Lyrics by Fanny Crosby - one of my favorite hymn writers)
Jesus, keep me near the cross;There a precious fountain,Free to all, a healing stream,Flows from Calvary's mountain.
Refrain: In the cross, in the cross,Be my glory ever,Till my raptured soul shall findRest beyond the river.
Near the cross, a trembling soul,Love and mercy found me,There the Bright and Morning StarShed its beams around me.
Near the cross! O Lamb of God,Brings its scenes before me;Help me walk from day to day,With its shadows o'er me.