Surely he has borne our suffering;
He has carried all our pain.
His own life became an offering,
All to make us whole again.
How we love the joyful thunder—
Easter songs, in crowded pews.
May we pause and pray and wonder
As the cross bears your good news.
Though we love the city cheering,
Though we love the bread and cup,
May we pause to hear the jeering,
May we see Christ lifted up.
Only as we pause and pray here
At the foot of Jesus’ cross,
Will we know the gift of Easter:
God brings new life out of loss.
Biblical References: Isaiah 52:13 – 53:12; John 18:1-19:42
Tune: RATHBUN 126.96.36.199 (“In the Cross of Christ I Glory”)
Text: Copyright © 2016 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.