Jesus Lifts the Burdens

cffblog6.jpgNovember 5, 2017 (Sunday)

In keeping with the theme of yesterday's blog, I am presenting "Burdens Are Lifted at Calvary" as our hymn for today. As yesterday's blog stated, God gives greater grace when the burdens grow greater." This hymn emphasizes the Lord's power to help us today.

The hymn, "Burdens Are Lifted at Calvary" was written by John M. Moore of Toronto in 1952. He wrote it after leading a young seaman to Christ by handing him a tract which featured a scene from Pilgrim's Progress in which the pilgrim carries a heavy burden on his back that rolls away as he approaches the Cross.

Moore asked him, 'Do you feel this burden on your back today?' and gives this report: "We prayed together and never shall I forget the smile of peace and assurance that lit up his face when he said that his burden was lifted!"

We used to have a "Sing Song" every few months at the church in Rockport. People in the congregation were asked, "What would you suggest we sing?" Every time, without fail, the beloved Deacon, Wilson Dedmon, requested this hymn. I had the privilege of being his pastor in his retirement years. This was his favorite hymn.

Written by John M. Moore

1. Days are filled with sorrow and care,
Hearts are lonely and drear.
Burdens are lifted at Calvary,
Jesus is very near.

Burdens are lifted at Calvary, Calvary, Calvary;
Burdens are lifted at Calvary, Jesus is very near.

2. Cast your care on Jesus today,
Leave your worry and fear.
Burdens are lifted at Calvary,
Jesus is very near.

3. Troubled soul, the Savior can feel
Every heartache and tear.
Burdens are lifted at Calvary,
Jesus is very near.

This is an edited version of my blog on February 27, 2016


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