Day 25

The Grace of the Cross

from the Jesus, Keep Me Near The Cross reading plan

2 Timothy 2:11-13, Galatians 6:14

BY She Reads Truth

Text: 2 Timothy 2:11-13, Galatians 6:14

As we walk through this season of reflection and repentance together, we want to provide time and space for us as individuals and a community to meditate on God’s Word and bow at His feet in prayer.

Each Saturday during Lent we will read a brief passage of Scripture and a corporate prayer, both carefully chosen for this specific place in our Lenten journey. Sundays will be dedicated to scripture memorization, one of our favorite habits here at She Reads Truth.

We pray you will not only meet with the Savior on these quieter weekend days, but linger there with Him, in prayer and in His Word.

I thank thee from the depths of my being
   for thy wondrous grace and love
 in bearing my sin in thine own body on the tree.
May thy cross be to me
 as the tree that sweetens my bitter Marahs,
 as the rod that blossoms with life and beauty,
 as the brazen serpent that calls forth
   the look of faith.
By thy cross crucify my every sin;
Use it to increase my intimacy with thyself;
Make it the ground of all my comfort,
 the liveliness of all my duties,
 the sum of all thy gospel promises,
 the comfort of all my afflictions,
 the vigour of my love, thankfulness, graces,
 the very essence of my religion;
And by it give me that rest without rest,
   the rest of ceaseless praise.

Thou hast also appointed a cross for me
   to take up and carry,
 a cross before thou givest me a crown.
Thou hast appointed it to be my portion,
 but self-love hates it,
   carnal reason is unreconciled to it;
 without the grace of patience I cannot bear it,
   walk with it, profit by it.
O blessed cross, what mercies dost thou bring
   with thee!
Thou art only esteemed hateful by my rebel will,
 heavy because I shirk thy load.
Teach me, gracious Lord and Saviour,
 that with my cross thou sendest promised grace
   so that I may bear it patiently,
 that my cross is thy yoke which is easy,
and thy burden which is light.

– “The Grace of the Cross” from The Valley of Vision

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