The old rugged cross

On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
  The emblem of suff’ring and shame,
And I love that old cross where the Dearest and Best
  For a world of lost sinners was slain.
  So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
  And exchange it some day for a crown.
Oh, that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,
  Has a wondrous attraction for me;
For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above,
  To bear it to dark Calvary.
In the old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine,
  A wondrous beauty I see;
For ’twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died,
  To pardon and sanctify me.
Doug Jackson

Beaverton, Oregon, United States

While praying today as I began to close. This glorious song of my childhood quickly flashed by, inside my heart. So I looked it up and "began singing it", "to myself entirely ".

It Felt awesome.

As I sang, I remembered my father sitting next to me at our Wednesday nights singing service, how I loved hearing my father's singing voice.

""I love this song so very much that it hurts we can not find any churches that will sing these important HOLY GHOST filled songs anymore"", They are truly Anointed by God and fill the room with HIS HOLY presence when sang.

There is a gigantic difference from what they sing in a "baptist" church today compared to a Baptist church in the 6o's And 70's.

"Really breaks my heart". "It is the saddest thing that's happened to the local churches" to the point of tears.

Oscar Ray

Jakarta, Indonesia

This beautiful songs always bring me more closer to my Maker. And I do receive divine strength soar higher after singing it. All thanks to the writer. To God be the glory.

Pst Peter Adenaiye

Ilorin, Kwara, Nigeria

Soul satisfying, and dedication song. May God give me more Grace to sing it. Love it always.

Ifeanyi Uhuegbu

London, United Kingdom

I sang this song as it came to my mind this glorious morning. My spirited was lifted and my challenges evaporated. I received extra strength to face the challenges of the day.

Pst. Ola Idowu Kanmodi

Otukpo, Benue, Nigeria

Return me back to the first love.

Victor Emmanuel

Essien Udim, Akwa Ibom, Nigeria

The hymn is full of power and is a hymn that transform some life, God bless the author and I pray for more grace.

Francis W Chan

Richmond, British Columbia, Canada

I’m forever indebted to Jesus Christ and His cross. Thank You Lord.

Chioma Omeke

Abuja, Abuja Archdiocese, Nigeria

Each time I sing this song more especially during the Lenten period it makes me cry. I feel those pains Jesus went through just because of me and you. May the passion he went through sanctfy us. That's my best song in Catholic hymn book that made me go as far as buying the hymn book.

Raoul Kossi

Lome, Golf, Togo

l'hymne restore mon ame...

Daniel Sule

Abuja, FCT, Nigeria

This is a beautiful song that always brings me to repentance and tears of salvation flowing down my eyes. Awesome it is.