When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

Screen Shot 2015-10-11 at 5.16.19 PMThis past May Julie and I went to Eureka Springs, Arkansas for a little break.

We visited Thorncrown Chapel before we left town.

We had visited it years earlier, but I had forgotten what a rare, and beautiful place this is.

Thorncrown Chapel was designed by world renowned architect E. Fay Jones. Fay was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas in 1921. He studied at the University of Arkansas, Rice University, the University of Oklahoma, and finally under his mentor Frank Lloyd Wright at the Taliesin Fellowship.

The inspiration for Thorncrown Chapel was Sainte Chappelle, Paris’ light filled gothic chapel. Fay affectionately labeled Thorncrown’s style as “Ozark Gothic.” The chapel rises 48 feet into the sky with over 6,000 square feet of glass and 425 windows. Its dimensions are 24 feet by 60 feet. The chapel is made with all organic materials to fit its natural setting. The only steel in the structure forms a diamond shaped pattern in its wooden trusses. The building has a native flagstone floor surrounded with a rock wall which gives the feeling that the chapel is part of its Ozark hillside.

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

I started thinking about Thorncrown Chapel today when I was putting this podcast and blog together.  When you look at the Chapel from different angles, time of day, and even positions on the pews you can see something new to appreciate.

The same is true as you “survey” the cross of Christ as Isaac Watts said in this hymn.

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
Isaac Watts, pub.1707
Lowell Mason, 1824

  1. When I survey the wondrous cross
    On which the Prince of glory died,
    My richest gain I count but loss,
    And pour contempt on all my pride.
  2. Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
    Save in the death of Christ my God!
    All the vain things that charm me most,
    I sacrifice them to His blood.
  3. See from His head, His hands, His feet,
    Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
    Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
    Or thorns compose so rich a crown?
  4. Were the whole realm of nature mine,
    That were a present far too small;
    Love so amazing, so divine,
    Demands my soul, my life, my all.

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross



When I Survey the Wondrous Cross — 2 Comments

  1. The Thorncrown Chapel is spectacular. I visited there this past Summer. It’s a great reminder of man’s potential amidst God’s beauty.

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