Sunday, May 19, 2013

In Christ Alone

More than 200 churches, with 66,000 people, will stand in solidarity with the family of Tim Bosma and the Ancaster Christian Reformed Church on Sunday morning, singing "In Christ Alone." We know that no power of hell, nor scheme of man, can ever pluck Tim, or us, from His hand. -- Status on Facebook from the Banner magazine, a monthly publication from the Christian Reformed Church in North America.

In the end there were over 250 churches and more than 80,000 members who sang this song. I have always love this song, but today it holds even more meaning to me than it ever has before -- especially the fourth verse. No guilt in life, no fear in death...Till He returns, or calls me home, Here in the power of Christ I'll stand.
 


In Christ alone my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song;
this Cornerstone, this solid Ground,
firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
when fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My Comforter, my All in All,
here in the love of Christ I stand.

In Christ alone! who took on flesh
Fulness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones he came to save:
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied -
For every sin on Him was laid;
Here in the death of Christ I live.

There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain:
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave he rose again!
And as He stands in victory
Sin's curse has lost its grip on me,
For I am His and He is mine -
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

No guilt in life, no fear in death,
This is the power of Christ in me;
From life's first cry to final breath.
Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home,
Here in the power of Christ I'll stand.



We continue to lift the Bosma family and all those who are grieving up in our prayers. Our hope is found in Christ alone!


7 comments:

  1. Hi Deborah- your blog has been of immense comfort to me over the last fortnight. Our little community has also been rocked by the sudden death of a wonderful 11 year old neighbour of ours, pupil at the boys' school. Your posts have expressed grief and spoken faith at a time when both are sharply felt here as well x

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    1. Ohhh Mags, I am so sorry to read this! Know that you and all those who are hurting because of this tragedy are in my prayers.

      Hugs!
      Deborah

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  2. Deborah, thanks for sharing this powerful message of Christ's hope and strength.
    Joanna

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  3. I too love these words.It is all about Jesus Christ. He paid it all (another powerful song). I pray my children and the generations that follow will grasp this truth...and stand.

    Have a blessed day!

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  4. There is much comfort and peace to be found in Him alone. That is a beautiful song. May you experience all he offers in His Love. Xoxo Heather

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  5. We sang it in our church….with many tears….love that song

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    1. I know Emily! It was so moving! I had a very hard time keeping it together through it.

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