Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving! - Rock of Ages

Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee;
Let the water and the blood,
From Thy riven side which flowed,
Be of sin the double cure,
Save from wrath and make me pure

Not the labor of my hands
Can fulfill Thy law's demands;
Could my zeal no respite know,
Could my tears forever flow,
All for sin could not atone;
Thou must save, and Thou alone.

Nothing in my hand I bring,
Simply to Thy cross I cling;
Naked, come to Thee for dress;
Helpless, look to Thee for grace;
Foul, I to the fountain fly;
Wash me, Savior, or I die.

While I draw this fleeting breath,
When my eyes shall close in death,
When I soar to worlds unknown,
See Thee on Thy judgement throne,
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee.
This Christian hymn was written by Augustus M. Toplady in 1763.  Toplady was traveling along a gorge (called Barrington Combe in Mendip Hills, England) when he was caught in a storm.  This incident led him to write this beautiful and majestic hymn.  Read the words, and think of the message, and be blessed!
Happy Thanksgiving from us to you!

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