Were you there when they crucified my Lord? None of us today can answer “yes”. Yet the truth and power of that moment is never diminished, how much time stretches between us and it.
Today’s track from Page CXVI’s “Lent to Maundy Thursday” combines two old hymns: “Were You There?” and “O The Deep, Deep Love of Jesus”. May it help us keep preparing our hearts for the truth of Easter.
Friday Before Lent I was not there; my heart cannot prepare for sights like these: the way Love trembles on its throne, and mercy sweats blood. I was not there, and in my absence there is guilt: the nonchalance of one who sits a safer distance from the fright; yet Love knows I would have been as blood-thirsty as the rest. I was not there, yet Love draws further than the bounds of space and time, into my desperate present where the love of Jesus lives. I was not there; my soul cannot prepare itself for what it finds: mercy thick with knowledge, rich in wisdom before time, grounded, deep into each present cry.