We call this "Good Friday". And we should honor it. But it is a reminder of a VERY tough day.
This period of year, this week, these few days, always bring out some heavy thoughts, reminders of the sins and failures of the past year, and from years before. The sins of commission and the sins of omission alike: the witness not given, the thanks not spoken, the prayers not offered, the honor due the Lord not tendered.
As well as the dismal present in our world and the potential disasters looming in the future. The sadness, hopelessness, despair and pain all around. The ways we find to distract ourselves from the truly important things.
And there is only one remedy to all of this, and that is the message of the Cross and the Resurrection.
I attended an men's conference some time ago (more than 20 years, ok?) several states ago. Speaker was a fellow who had come to Christ in his mid-20's, a person who did not grow up in the faith. As he put it, near as I can put it, "I grew up in the buckle of the Bible Belt, in a neighborhood where most everyone was a Christian, and regular attendance at church was something they all did. But I didn't, and NO ONE ever invited me to come. NO ONE told me about Christ. NO ONE. It was as if they had something great, and didn't want to share it with anyone outside of their circle.".
That's word for word, as best I can recall it.
It describes something that is all too common. Certainly was not limited to that region.
If we believe what we say, that Jesus is the Answer, should we keep it to ourselves?
And today, this week, is a time that we look back on those events.
I was sent something on the "social media" today.
By sundown on Good Friday, Jesus had given up the ghost. All seemed lost. The thoughts and fears of those who had followed Him had to be dark and confused and worried.
There is more to the story, as we know. But they didn't know that. And there are those all around us who are also dark and confused and worried. And they don't know the rest of the story. Who will tell them?
We had a call from the doctor yesterday afternoon, some preliminary results of her "blood work" from Wednesday. Dangerously low level of potassium. A prescription for a special dose of that was called to the pharmacy, and I picked it up this morning. Things are huge! So, she'll take them for the next few days at least. We've been instructed to go to the doctor's office Monday for more "blood work" and then the rescheduled appointment for a week from today. So we shall see.
Our reading from the Old Testament is chapters 15 and 16 from 1st Samuel.
King Saul just isn't doing right. So his replacement is being determined. David.
I Samuel 16
Our New Testament passage is verses 25-35 of Luke 14