“Once more heed the exhortation- stand close to the cross of Jesus!
It is the most accessible and precious spot this side of heaven- the most solemn and awesome one this side of eternity.
It is the focus of divine love, sympathy, and power.
Stand by it in suffering, in persecution, in temptation.
Stand by it in the brightness of prosperity and in the gloom of adversity.
Shrink not from its offence, humiliation, and woe.
Defend it when scorned, despised, and denied.
Stand up for Jesus and the gospel of Jesus.
Oh, whatever you do, or whatever you endure, be loyal to Christ’s cross.
Go to it in trouble, repair to it in weakness, cling to it in danger, hide beneath it when the wintry storm rushes fiercely over you.
Near to the cross, you are near a Father’s heart, a Savior’s side.”
– Octavius Winslow, The Foot of the Cross
[HT: Of First Importance line breaks mine]