Without the Camp

"Lord, I desire to live as one who bears a blood-bought name,"
To daily walk beneath a cross and gladly suffer shame;
Lord, I would dwell without the gate with Christ the Crucified,
Bear His reproach outside the camp, close to His wounded side.

I want to tread in narrow paths with those Your faithful few;
Who huddle by no foe's warm fire, but bravely follow You;
I long to walk with humble folk who seek no house of stone,
Whose only joy is knowing You, whose strength is God alone.

Mary Van Nattan Stephens

Hebrews 13:12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. 13 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.



Lord, I Desire


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updated 2019