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Where were you?

11 Sep

For my parents’ generation, the question was, “Where were you on December 7, 1942?” (The day Pearl Harbor was bombed by the Japanese.)

For my generation, the question was, “Where were you on November 22, 1963?” (The day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.)

For my children’s generation, the question was, “Where were you on September 11, 2001?” (The day terrorists flew airplanes into the twin towers in New York City and the Pentagon, and tried to fly one into the White House.)

The question brings to mind one posed by African-American slaves in the famous 19th Century hymn, “Were you there?”

Were you there when they crucified my Lord? (Were you there?)

Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

O! Sometimes it causes me to tremble! tremble! tremble!

Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

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Were you there when they nailed him to the cross? (Were you there?)

Were you there when they nailed him to the cross?

O! Sometimes it causes me to tremble! tremble! tremble!

Were you there when they nailed him to the cross?

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Were you there when they pierced him in the side? (Were you there?)

Were you there when they pierced him in the side?

O! Sometimes it causes me to tremble! tremble! tremble!

Were you there when they pierced him in the side?

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Were you there when the sun refused to shine? (Were you there?)

Were you there when the sun refused to shine?

O! Sometimes it causes me to tremble! tremble! tremble!

Were you there when the sun refused to shine?

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While each generation may be shaped by tragedy, all generations can find hope in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

 
2 Comments

Posted by on September 11, 2015 in Music, News stories

 

2 responses to “Where were you?

  1. Susan Dolbow

    September 11, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    I wonder if, when we get to Heaven, the question will be asked, “Where were you when the rapture happened?” There may be some embarrassed Christians.

     
    • wheelsms

      September 11, 2015 at 1:25 pm

      Good observation. I am struck by how many times the New Testament tells us to “be ready.” Hopefully we will not be lulled to sleep and caught unawares when it happens. Thanks.

       

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