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Wednesday, February 21

"Beneath the Cross"

Ms. Stephanie D. Rodriguez
Pianist and Music Educator

Note: All musical selections played by Stephanie Rodriguez from arrangements by Victor C. Johnson.

Victor C. Johnson, Composer and Musical Arranger, The Rugged Cross, the Empty Tomb-Piano Solos of Sacrifice and Triumph, Lorenz Publications, ISBN 978-0-7877-7572-8. Used with permission of Victor C. Johnson.

1. Beneath the cross of Jesus
I fain would take my stand,
the shadow of a mighty Rock
within a weary land;
a home within the wilderness,
a rest upon the way,
from the burning of the noontide heat
and the burden of the day,

2. Upon the cross of Jesus
mine eye at times can see
the very dying form of One
who suffered there for me:
and from my stricken heart with tears
two wonders I confess,
the wonders of redeeming love
and my unworthiness.

3. I take, O cross, thy shadow
for my abiding place;
I ask no other sunshine than
the sunshine of his face;
content to let the world go by,
to know no gain nor loss;
my sinful self my only shame,
my glory all the cross.

Personal Reflection

Read Luke 23:26-27, 34b-38
Question: How do I behave in the presence of suffering?

Luke 23:26-29, 34b-38
As they lead Jesus away, they seized a man, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming from the country, and they laid the cross on him. And made him carry it behind Jesus.  A great number of people followed him, and among them were women who were beating their breasts and wailing for him.  But Jesus turned to them and said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not week for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.  For the days are surely coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, and the women that never bore, and the breasts that never nursed…  And they cast cast lots to divide his clothing and the people stood by, watching;  but the leaders scoffed at him, saying “He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Messiah of God, his chosen one!” The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine, and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!”  There was also an inscription over him, “This is the King of the Jews.”