Can you hear the sound of the hammer on the nails? Can you imagine the spectacle of a public execution? Can you see the Savior of the world lifted high on a cross as he bleeds and struggles to breathe?
The hymn “Were You There?” has no single composer. It was sung by 19th century African-American slaves and was first included in an American hymnal in 1899. It is a song created out of human experience and one that joins the suffering of Jesus to the suffering of those in the present.
In the life of a Christian, reflections on the mysteries of faith are necessary to bridge the gap of time and space between the historical event of the death and resurrection of Jesus and its redeeming power today. It allows our actions in the present to point to a greater reality, to One much greater than ourselves. As instruments of God’s grace, we help transport the world around us from the present to the foot of the cross. This is the transformative power of Everyday Stewardship.
Lord Jesus Christ,
I tremble at the thought of the nails in your hands and feet,
the piercing of your side,
and the crown of thorns on your head.
May I boldly proclaim the Gospel of the crucified Jesus,
never shying away from the truth.
May I serve as an example to others of self-sacrifice and generosity
as you have served as an example to me.
Forgive someone who has wronged you. This can be difficult and challenging, but making amends can have a transformative effect on your life.