There’s a Hill Outside the City

“So also Jesus suffered and died outside the city gates to make his people holy by means of his own blood” (Hebrews 13:12).

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I dug the following poem out of my 1993 writing files in honor of Good Friday. When you feel inadequate, remember that we’re all inadequate, and Jesus suffered to compensate for your adequacy too–because He cares.

There’s a hill outside of the city,
There’s three crosses upon that hill,
There’s a Man hanging on the center cross
And He knows this is all God’s will.

There’s nails through His wrists and His ankles,
There’s a crown of thorns on His head,
There’s tears in His eyes of love and pain
And as thick as His blood they are shed.

There’s a woman crying beneath Him,
There’s a man with a tortured soul,
There’s a crowd that watches in fear and awe
As the terrible drama unfolds.

There’s a cry of death from the hilltop,
There’s a shadow over the land,
There’s a victory won through that defeat
That so few can understand.

Slow Down

“Stop striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted on the earth” (Psalm 46:10, NASB).

(Lord, give me the courage to practice what I preach and write this without hurrying, even if that means taking a break in the middle of it and finishing after lunch.)

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Slow down, your rush does only harm:
Trust in our Lord’s almighty arm
To give you peace and meet your needs,
If you will follow where He leads.

Slow down, you cannot catch success:
Our God alone knows what is best,
And when we trust His hand to lead,
He gives us all the time we need.

Slow down and seek our Father’s face,
And trust the Savior’s loving grace,
And let the Holy Spirit lead,
And find at last the time you need.

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