I have always loved music of all kinds, so it was a natural thing for me to become involved in church music where I grew to love the hymns that we sang in worship. The words and melodies of the hymns often speak to us in a special way, drawing out our innermost feelings and emotions. This is especially true of the hymns o the Cross. The poignant words and the often haunting melodies tell us of Jesus' suffering and anguish in a very specific way and make us feel as if we are on that journey with Him.
Even though we don't sing this song much anymore, "Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley" is one song in particular that stands out to me as a definite depiction of this time in Jesus' life. I have often thought of how alone Jesus must have felt during the days leading up to His crucifixion. Sure there were people around when He stood before Pilate, but they were all shouting against Him, asking Pilate to crucify Him and release Barabbas. How isolated and alone He must have felt in that crowd. What about in the Upper Room? He was there with His disciples, sharing the Last Supper, but He alone knew what was to come. He was alone int he knowledge of how the events of that night would unfold. The disciples accompanied Him to the Garden of Gethsemane, but they could not stay awake, so He prayed alone asking His Father to let the cup pass from him while all the time surrendering to His Father's will. The road to Calvary was a lonesome road, but Jesus had to walk it alone; "nobody else could walk it for Him."
As we make our way to the Cross during this season of Lent, I pray that the music of this season will speak to each of us in a powerful way and help us realize the price Jesus paid for our sins on "The Old Rugged Cross."