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The stone

Added 4th April 2019

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The stone is rolled to seal the grave,
the soldiers stand to guard the door;
the years of hope, the hearts of faith,
cold as the tomb, dead as their Lord.
 
The tears of anger and regret,
the cock has crowed, the traitor fled;
disciples frightened and confused,
where once was peace, now only dread.
 
Where can they go, where can they run?
His words were true, eternal life;
yet even Christ has felt death’s sting,
sin’s curse extinguishing love’s light.
 
We stand with them, with the bereaved,
stand with the broken, torn and bruised;
we hold our doubts, our tears, our pain,
and, by our nails, hold to the truth.
 
There is a sun we cannot see,
a resurrection yet to dawn,
a hope that holds us through the night,
a path that leads to Easter morn.
 

As part of the 12 Song Challenge, we decided to write songs about some of the less covered aspects of Holy Week. I chose Holy Saturday, when the disciples were convinced that Jesus had died and all hope seemed to be lost. It is a short season in the church year we don’t give a lot of thought, but in a powerful way it mirrors our own experience of knowing Jesus and yet not yet having entered into the fullness of his resurrection of all things. I wanted intentionally not to resolve the song into Sunday, but to leave it with a sense of hopes yet to be fulfilled.

It is sung to the traditional tune O Waly Waly with plain and haunting harmony, but you could easily use the arrangement in your hymn book if you prefer.

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'The Stone' is really beautiful and profound. Lovely words. Great arrangement. Moving to hear an old tune re-used so wisely.
Mike Shrubsole at 13:07 on 5th April 2019