Cross-Examined, by Andrea L. Blair, is inspired by the Word of God and how one woman responded to the plea of David. In the second verse of Psalm 26 David cries out to the Lord, Search me, O Lord and try me: test my soul and my heart. (NAB) The Catholic Living Bible uses a slightly different wording: Cross-examine me, O Lord test my motives and affections too (CLB) Without being demanding or condemning, this autobiographical account of her faults and failures continually leads her to the cross for healing and forgiveness. As she shares her journey, we see our own sinfulness emerge, and we are invited gently into our own private cross-examination of our thoughts, words, and actions.
Susan Blum Gerding, EdD, founder of Jeremiah Press, Inc.