In my previous post, I reviewed the movie, Harriet. This was one of the spirituals used in the film that spoke strongly to me. I couldn’t find out anything about the origin of this specific song. However, we have all experienced the necessity of “holding on” through difficult circumstances. It would have been particularly meaningful to those who were enslaved.
And why do we hold on?
“… I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” Phil. 1:6
What could be more consoling?
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. Acts 2:42-47
When I read these verses from the book of Acts, the negro spiritual, Let Us Break Bread Together comes immediately to my mind. The church is a family, and we should spend time worshipping, praising, praying, celebrating the sacraments, and sharing with one another. Every day is a chance to be together with other brothers and sisters in Christ. Are you making the most of that opportunity?
If you belong to a liturgical church, you’re led through the important days and seasons of the church year with songs that become both familiar and beloved. It’s Good Friday, so I can’t keep myself from posting this hymn, which my granddaughter says is one of her favorites. It’s an American spiritual that was first printed in 1899. It was most likely composed by African-American slaves. The title is “Were You There?” Put yourself in the scene of the crucifixion, and meditate on the fact that Christ died for you.