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Good Friday

April 10, 2020
Who Died on the Cross? — Crescent Project

For most of us who are church-goers and Jesus followers, I’d guess this will be the oddest Easter weekend we’ve ever experienced. It will be for me.

I’m writing this on Good Friday. For the last many years, Good Friday has been the start of the busiest weekend of the ministry year for me. I was usually scrambling to either get the last pieces of the puzzle in place, or helping somebody else get it in place.

But this year’s different in many ways for me. This is the first Good Friday in 45 years that I haven’t been employed by a church. Good Friday and Easter weekend will look different for that reason. It’s the first time in a long time that I’m not responsible for some aspect of doing something – or at least participating in something – special with the days.

And, of course, like you, it’s the first time I’ve experienced Good Friday in captivity.

But while I’ll miss the unique Easter weekend gatherings at church – the crowds, the music, the Easter outfits, the baptisms – being sequestered and quarantined gives me a chance to do something I’ve not really had the luxury of doing in my ministry career: meditate on the meaning of Good Friday. It seems a shame, but I’ve always been so busy with pulling off Good Friday at church that I’ve never had time to dwell on the actual meaning of the day. I don’t imagine I’ll do anything dramatic. But I will meditate on it.

I don’t know if you and your family have traditions for Good Friday and Easter weekend. But if you don’t, this might be a good time to institute some that will take you beyond Easter Egg hunts (I’m not anti-Easter Egg hunts…). If you have some, this would be a good time to really go through them slowly and thoughtfully.

I have a tool and a suggestion for this. The tool is a video of less than 4 minutes. The suggestion is that if you have kids old enough to understand the basic meaning of Jesus’ death, you’d bring the family together and watch the video as part of your Good Friday.

Here’s the link for the video: http://kairosfocus.blogspot.com/2013/10/its-friday-but-sundays-coming-original.html

The darkest, most hopeless Friday in all of human history was the day of ultimate goodness in all of human history. My prayer is that God will bring that goodness into my heart and yours in a powerful and personal way.

From → Marriage, Parenting

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