MUSIC— OUR CROSSES BY ROBERT STUART MacARTHUR If any man would come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. Mark 8: 34. Our dearest hopes in pangs are born, The kingliest kings are crowned with throns. — Gerald Massey. I dare not lay it down: I only ask That, taking up my daily cross I may Follow my Master, humbly, step by step. Through clouds and darkness unto perfect day. J^^nHE cross is the symbol of all the forms of suffering ^i^ which we have to bear in our Christian life. I would not ask you to go out to find a cross ; I would not ask you to bring down crosses on your head and shoulders, but I would ask you not by any cowardly, unmanly, unchristian conduct to run away from your cross. A good rule is never to go out of the way to meet a cross, and never to go aside to miss a cross; but just to move on in the Christian life which God in his providence has marked out, taking the crosses he sees best to send. O, beloved, take up your cross and it will be light. Do not stand beside it sighing at its weight and dreading to lift it; do not drag it like a weari- some burden after you, but lift it and God will make it light to you. Lift it up, and it will lift you up to God.