ROOM AT THE CROSS FOR YOU                                               written in 1946

The Story

Ira Stanphill (1914-1993) was 17 years old when he wrote his first gospel song, and he kept on writing country gospel music for the rest of his life. As a child, he traveled with his parents by covered wagon from Arkansas to New Mexico, and he was immersed in country music from his earliest years.

As he traveled to evangelistic meetings, Ira would often ask people to suggest some titles for him and he would write a song based on one of the titles given him sometime during that week. In 1946, someone at a series of revival meetings in Kansas City, MO, suggested the title, “There’s Room at the Cross for You”. Ira didn’t have time during the meetings that week to work on it, but when he got home he found that title stuffed in one of his pants pockets written on a scrap of paper. He liked the idea… and soon this song was written.

Of the more than 600 songs Ira Stanphill wrote, several have remained popular over the years. Recorded by many gospel singers, and published in many song books, here are his top 5, as of 1971: Mansion Over the Hilltop, Room at the Cross for You, Suppertime, I Know Who Holds Tomorrow, and Follow Me.

The Song

            Read this hymn, and – today – reflect on whether or not you have taken your space prepared for you at the cross.

The cross upon which Jesus died
is a shelter in which we can hide,
and its grace so free is sufficient for me
and deep is its fountain as wide as the sea.

There’s room at the cross for you.
There’s room at the cross for you.
Though millions have come, there’s still room for one,
yes, there’s room at the cross for you.

Though millions have found Him a Friend
and have turned from the sins they have sinned,
the Savior still waits to open the gates
and welcome a sinner before it’s too late. (Chorus)

The hand of my Savior is strong
and the love of my Savior is long,
through sunshine or rain, through loss or in gain,
the blood flows from Calvary to cleanse every stain. (Chorus)


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