A look back at Calvary -

Dearest friends ....

These days make up the week before Easter Sunday. Even though it is Wednesday, I had the thought to look back at last year's posts ... I was in Ohio for my grandmother's birthday and actually celebrated Easter with my mom, and not with my whole family! It was different, but very special. I will treasure those memories for many years.

I thought it might be nice ... for me, as well as you! :D ... to re-publish them, as I agree and so much more love these hymns now than I did a year ago. How amazing that is to me...since these are some of my very favorite hymns. I hope that you enjoy reading through them, as I put up "Monday's, Tuesday's, and Wed's", and then continue on tomorrow's and through to Sunday on their consecutive days.

What I wrote then ... from my heart is still true now ... even more so, I long for the resurrection of all the saints, the coming again of the Risen Lord Jesus, when my eyes will SEE the victory over the grave, the full knowledge of being "in the presence of God, even that very hour", the empty tomb ... the empty cross ... the "filled up mansions" that He hath prepared. :) The light of His countenance ...

With love to you all ...still ...
"ever amazed by Calvary",
~ Jean Marie

Monday, April 6th, 2009 -
"Since this is the week leading up to Christ's death and resurrection so many, many years ago, I wanted to do something special. Well, it is special to me, anyway. I am going to post a hymn each day this week (some will be prewritten as posts, obviously, since I am leaving town). I hope you will read through each verse of the songs, and meditate on them during the day, and even sing them throughout the day! Several of these hymns are some very gripping and self-crushing favorites of mine. They take me down to that tiny level where I am nothing and Christ is everything, and I cannot understand the deep, deep love of God.

I care not if you thinkest you not to have a spectacular voice, because it matters not. (Slipping into old English, sorry) The Lord cares about your heart. :) You would be surprised at how much more that hymn will stay in your head after singing it aloud one or two times. Print it out, leave it in a noticeable place in your house, memorize a few verses, hum the tune, sing it, speak it - just don't forget the wonder and pure amazement this week should find in your heart. Christ did not come just to be born and to live and teach ... He came to die. He came to die for us. The glory of salvation and the glory of our Majestic God is in the death and resurrection of Christ Jesus!

May you have a wonderful week remembering the gift of our Holy Savior, given for the sons of unworthy and sinful man. May you ponder the agony and the pain. May you see a small portion of the anguish of Christ loving you so to die for you. May you joy in the resurrection!!!

I love you all -
Ever amazed by Calvary,
~ Jean Marie

"He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. -Isaiah 53:3"
"Man of Sorrows! What a Name!"

"Man of Sorrows," what a name
For the Son of God who came
Ruined sinners to reclaim:
Hallelujah! what a Savior!

Bearing shame and scoffing rude,
In my place condemned He stood,
Sealed my pardon with His blood:
Hallelujah! what a Savior!

Guilty, vile, and helpless, we,
Spotless Lamb of God was He;
Full atonement—can it be?
Hallelujah! what a Savior!

Lifted up was He to die,
"It is finished!" was His cry;
Now in heaven exalted high;
Hallelujah! what a Savior!

When He comes, our glorious King,
All His ransomed home to bring,
Then anew this song we'll sing
Hallelujah! what a Savior!