You told me to take up my cross and follow You
but I did not know what You meant.
I thought the cross was Yours.
Oh, Lord! Now I understand.
You were not on the cross alone, not at all.
I was crucified with You.
When I fell at the foot of the cross, I fell from it
a new creature.
For a long time the cross scared me.
The sins of the world! I cannot comprehend it
but I feared its enormity.
Today it is my ecstasy, every tear of joy
like a river to the great sea. You made me see!
You live in me now, my life is no longer mine.
The old man, the sins of my past, remains on the cross.
As long as I am in the flesh, he calls to me
to save him.
Old man, you have no power over me any longer.
I can only hear the Spirit now
like ten thousand Niagara Falls.
Beloved, you told me to take up my cross
and follow You.
It is not a burden at all. It is my bliss!
Let the world and all its things fall away.
Let my friends and family turn against me.
Let disease ravish my body.
Let the desert become my home.
I lose my life on the glorious, horrible cross
and find it in You.