Beneath the Cross of Jesus

Connie Sanchez

Elizabeth Clephane 1830-1869

Elizabeth grew up in Scotland. She was in poor health most of her life but still found time to the serve the poor and disabled.  It is told she once sold her horse and carriage so she would have money to share.

Because of her joyful attitude and generosity she was affectionately known as the “ sunshine of Melrose.”

She only lived 39 years but was able to write eight hymns.   In this hymn she uses words from Isaiah 32:1.  She understood the prophecy of a king that would come was fulfilled at the cross of Jesus.  It is a place where we find rest.

For a lady who was nicknamed “ sunshine” isn’t it fitting her last verse says , “ I ask no other sunshine than the sunshine of His face”?

 Beneath the cross of Jesus
I long to take my stand,
the shadow of a mighty rock
within a weary land,
a home within the wilderness,
a rest upon the way,
from the burning of the noontide heat
and the burdens of the day.

2 Upon the cross of Jesus,
my eye at times can see
the very dying form of one
who suffered there for me.
And from my trite heart, with tears,
two wonders I confess:
the wonder of his glorious love
and my unworthiness.

3 I take, O cross, your shadow
for my abiding place;
I ask no other sunshine
than the sunshine of his face;
content to let the world go by,
to know no gain nor loss,
my sinful self my only shame,
my glory all, the cross.


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