Monday, February 26, 2007

Shadows and Light

I came across the words of a hymn yesterday. The hymn was written by Elizabeth Cecelia Douglas. She lived 38 years and all her hymns were published after her death.
Here is the last verse of the hymn Beneath the Cross of Jesus.

I take, O cross, thy shadow for my abiding place;
I ask no other sunshine than the sunshine of His face;
Content to let the world go by to know no gain or loss,
My sinful self my only shame, my glory all the cross.

Wow. The image of my abiding place being the shadow of the cross. Imagine.
Then the only sunshine is the light of Jesus' face. How awesome is that.

During this time of lent, the time of reflection, these images I will try and carry throughout my day into the night.
The contrasting images of shadows and light--they are both a comfort.


  1. Lindi,

    What amazed me was to learn about the author of that famous hymn! Wow. She never saw it published.

    It's a beautiful hymn, and beautiful lyrics.


  2. It's quite the story isn't it? Reminds me of Janet Edgar. Her book was just released. But she's watching and smiling I"m sure.

  3. Beautiful hymn, Lindi. It's bittersweet the author was so young and all her hymns were finally published but she didn't live to see it. I'm sure she's living in the light of the Lord and whether those hymns were published or not is of no consequence to her now. You're right, wow!