Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken

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This text is very heaven-focused. Not from the standpoint that it attempts a description of heaven, but more that it expresses the longing in each believer's heart for the day when our burdens will be lifted and we will be fully free to praise! The verses each give a different look at how heaven will be a relief to the believer - spanning the freedom from flesh to the rest we will have from trials. The final two lines leave us with a simple, but beautiful vision of the glorious transition we will experience one day. As believers, we are wise to keep our eternal destination ahead of us as a reminder that this world is not our home, and that our longing and expectation for home can bring us hope in any circumstance.

Lyrics

Jesus, I my cross have taken,
All to leave and follow Thee;
Destitute, despised, forsaken,
Thou from hence my all shalt be:
Perish every fond ambition,
All I’ve sought or hoped or known;
Yet how rich is my condition,
God and heav’n are still my own!

Man may trouble and distress me,
‘Twill but drive me to Thy breast;
Life with trials hard may press me,
Heav’n will bring me sweeter rest.
O ‘tis not in grief to harm me,
While Thy love is left to me;
O ‘twere not in joy to charm me,
Were that joy unmixed with Thee.

Hasten on from grace to glory,
Armed by faith and winged by prayer;
Heav’n’s eternal days before me,
God’s own hand shall guide me there.
Soon shall close my earthly mission,
Swift shall pass my pilgrim days,
Hope shall change to glad fruition,
Faith to sight, and prayer to praise.

Words by Henry F. Lyte, Music by Jeff Bourque
© 2005 Manicotti Music. Admin by ThousandTongues.org

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» Carlyn White on September 25th, 2006

I go to a Christian College and we meet for chapel three times a week. Today, the group of students that were leading us in song pulled this one up and as far as I know it was new to all of us students. I know that God touched me in a special way while I was singing this song and lifting it up to the Lord. It is simply a beautifully written song and is fairly unknown as far as I can tell. If you get a chance and are looking for a good song to reveal to an audience, listen in on this one and check out the chord chart. I know that when the team led it today it was a bit different from the recording here, but that is to be expected. So again, if you are looking for a song, please please please give this one a chance. God bless!
» Tyson Surls on October 4th, 2006

I first met Jeff when he was in Poland (Czestochowa). it was in 2002
thank you Jeff for your songs. bless you
» ola on December 1st, 2006

This has such a beautiful haunting melody. I love it when the lyrics match the melody. This has the perfect blend of both. Thank you for this gem. Maybe one day you could give us a lead sheet!!
May God continue to inspire you.
» Dawn on January 19th, 2007

Thanks for making a difference with this song. May God's blessing be with you always.
» Keith Lynch on October 4th, 2007

A gem indeed. Thank you!
» Mike Garvey on October 18th, 2007

This is a beautiful song. I was just browsing through hymns and found this one. Big smiles came from it!
» Laurie on November 25th, 2008

Jeff, I've always loved this arrangement.
» Janice Churchill on February 5th, 2009

Jeff, this is just beautiful. Thank you for leading others to the throne through your music. I was randomly thinking about you today and thought to google your name. I met you at a Dnow through Springhill Baptist Church in Mobile, AL about 7 years ago. Loved your music then, got a cd, and just am so glad to hear this song!
» Chandra Martin on February 6th, 2009

H-m-m... Well, yes, the author does look forward to his heavenly rest. But I think an equally important theme of the hymn is the presence of the Lord in his life, here and now (cf. stanza two, "God and heaven"). In stanza one he speaks of following the Lord who is his "all," and in stanza three it's "Thy breast," stanza four, "Thy love," and in stanza five he depends upon the leading of God's hand to get him to the heavenly kingdom.

If you enjoy reading about our hymns and their authors, I invite you to check out my daily blog on the subject, Wordwise Hymns.
» Robert on January 27th, 2010

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