Who’d ever put treasure in frail jars of clay?
Come to us in our failure not strength,
Choose the weakest and least,
The discarded, not kings,
Recruit from the gutter for His family?
Who’d take objects of scorn:
Vile cross, crown of thorns,
And die to slay death,
Conquer hell, sin and grave?
Who’d pick children and slaves
The most frightened not brave,
Broken, outcasts, poor, lost,
As the ones He would save?
Only One ever did
Humblest King in our midst,
Calling sinners to Him
To be cleansed, made brand new;
Who took Love as His sword,
Fought to win us to God,
Loving Savior from heaven,
Jesus Christ, one true Lord!
“I have come to call not those who think they are righteous but those who know they are sinners and need to repent.” Luke 5:32 (NLT)
“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that the surpassing power belongs to God, and not to us.” 2 Corinthians 4:7 (NLT)
© 2019 Karen DiProspero
Jesus walked this lonesome valley.
He had to walk it by Himself;
O, nobody else could walk it for Him,
He had to walk it by Himself.
We must walk this lonesome valley,
We have to walk it by ourselves;
O, nobody else can walk it for us,
We have to walk it by ourselves.
You must go and stand your trial,
You have to stand it by yourself,
O, nobody else can stand it for you,
You have to stand it by yourself.
While this song has been embraced by American folk and country music singers since the 1950’s, the origins of this song are found in the African American Spiritual Canon and sung in communities throughout the south following emancipation. I have included several versions of the spiritual, as all will move you.
- Jesus Walked this Lonesome Valley sung by Sunday 7pm Choir
- A moving rendition of Jesus Walked this Lonesome Valley by James Hynter and Jack Horner
- Middle Collegiate Church singing Jesus Walked this Lonesome Valley
- Mississippi John Hurt singing You Gotta Walk the Lonesome Valley
Shared by Marcie Doll
The picture below is of a crass that I found in Santa Fe, New Mexico. It is silver with heart and crosses in purple that stick out.