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Bible Focus - 12th July 2015

posted 12 Jul 2015, 00:46 by St.Serfs Tullibody-Clacks
“Burdens Are Lifted at Calvary” was written after Seamen’s Mission Chaplain visited a young seaman, who was lying critically ill in a Glasgow Hospital.

The sailor appreciated the visit. Before leaving, the pastor gave him a tract. It happened to be a tract based on “Pilgrim’s Progress,” with a colour reproduction of “Pilgrim” coming to the cross with a great burden on his back. The pastor explained that he too had carried many a burden for far too long, but eventually laid his sins, worries, and anxieties at the cross. There his sense of guilt was taken from him. The young sailor expressed sympathy with these emotions of being burdened.

After praying together a smile of peace and assurance lit up his face as he said that his burden was lifted!

Later that night, the words of the hymn - “Burdens are lifted at Calvary” flowed from his pen. Since then the hymn has been a great source of blessing to many more people.

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.

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

Troubled soul, the Saviour can see,
Ev’ry heartache and tear;
Burdens are lifted at Calvary
Jesus is very near