Sometimes, our moments of greatest challenge, are opportunities for the greatest witness to our faith.
Filled with the Holy Spirit, Stephen gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. “Look,” he said, “I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!” But they covered their ears, and with a loud shout all rushed together against him. Then they dragged him out of the city and began to stone him; and the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul. While they were stoning Stephen, he prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Then he knelt down and cried out in a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he died.
Onward Christian Soldiers, Brad Sondahl
Of the Fathers Love Begotten, Church Folk
When the Saints Go Marching In, NOLA Brass Band
Stoning of St Stephen by Melani Pyke