Good Friday – Lifting Our Eyes To What Is Important Today

Apr 18th

Yesterday was a pretty big bummer of a day.  I was greeted with a crisis the moment I walked in the door at work, and it pretty much went from there, ending in another crisis at the end of the day.  This one will bleed over into all of today and to Monday.  It is difficult for me, in the dark of the pre-dawn morning on this most solemn and beautiful of days – Good Friday – to focus on the negative and petty junk that will ultimately pass and be forgotten, or at least become minimal.  I ask God’s blessing on each of you today, and lift you up to Him.

Holy Humor Month – Joke of the Day –

Not exactly an Easter joke, but close!

Rotten Eggs – The elderly pastor was searching his closet for his collar before church one Sunday morning. In the back of the closet, he found a small box containing 3 eggs and 100 $1 bills.
He called his wife into the closet to ask her about the box and its contents. Embarrassed, she admitted having hidden the box there for their entire 30 years of marriage. Disappointed and hurt, the pastor asked her, “WHY?”  The wife replied that she hadn’t wanted to hurt his feelings. He asked her how the box could have hurt his feelings. She said that every time during their marriage that he had delivered a poor sermon, she had placed an egg in the box.  The pastor felt that 3 poor sermons in 30 years was certainly nothing to feel bad about, so he asked her what the $100 was for.  She replied, “Each time I got a dozen eggs, I sold them to the neighbours for $1.” 

Good Friday

This is such a special and meaningful celebration, that I am choosing not to contaminate it with anything silly.  It deserves a day of its own, and I hope it speaks to your heart.  Good Friday, the Friday before Easter Sunday, commemorates the Passion and Death of our Lord Jesus Christ on the cross.  From the earliest days of Christianity, churches have celebrated a special service in which the account of the Passion according to the Gospel of John is read, prayers are said, and the faithful approach the cross in prayerful reflection.  In many churches the cross is kissed.  Services end in a special Holy Communion.  Some churches celebrate Holy Thursday, the day before, and have solemn Last Supper ceremony.  Good Friday services are quiet and serious occasions, the organ is not played, everything is kept quiet and prayerful, for it was a serious time.  In many churches and doctrines, Good Friday is a day of strict fasting and abstinence.  Catholics who are over the age of 18 and under 60 are required to fast, which means they can eat only one complete meal and two smaller ones during the day, with no food in between.  Catholics who are over 14 are required to refrain from eating any meat, or any food made with meat, on Good Friday.

I am not Catholic, and I admit that growing up the church we attended, if they did a Good Friday service, we never went to it.  As an adult I have attended one church that did have Good Friday services, each year slightly different than the one before, but they were all very deep and meaningful and spoke to my heart.  The lights were kept low, people came and went as they felt moved.  Candles were lit, and projected on the screen in front was a picture of the cross, directly above the cross that sits on the stage all the time.  The Pastor spoke solemnly for a bit, we saw a short excerpt from the Passion of the Christ, then we had communion before leaving.  It doesn’t sound like it was anything special, but you would have had to be in the sanctuary that first Good Friday service I attended to know the impact it had.  In the air around us was a sense of hush and awe, and the presence of God was there, next to us, all around us.  It was somber and uplifting all at the same time and forever shifted my view of Good Friday from a day leading up to Easter, to a day that impacted all of our lives from the moment it happened on. 
 
 
 
Please, take a quiet moment today, even if you don’t attend a service, and spend it reflecting on the supreme sacrifice that Christ made for each of us, the love He has for each of us was THAT great that He gave all.  Surely in the face of that we can give at least a little time to thank Him and appreciate His awesome love.  God bless you on this special day.  I’ll see you tomorrow.

 

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