Good Friday
by Teresa Jackson on April 27th, 2020

Most people look forward to Friday. It’s the end of the work week and the beginning of rest, fun, and family time. Today, however, is special because it's not just Friday...it's Good Friday! Some call it Holy Friday. It's ironic that Christians around the world celebrate this Holy event when Jesus was crucified for the sins of all mankind. Who would consider death by crucifixion a good thing? Me! That's because Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice for me. And you. On that Friday, He willingly suffered a horrible death in my place because He knew that was the only way we could be saved from a horrible eternity without His mercy and grace. His example inspires me each day to give my best to the world around me. The Scripture tells us that the greatest commandments are to love God with all our heart, soul and mind and to love our neighbor as ourselves. Isn’t it wonderful that we love God best by loving our neighbors -- some of whom we don't even know? Easter is a special time to reflect on the goodness and mercy of God. It’s also a great time to reexamine our lives to see if we are honoring those commandments. This Easter season is different from every other Easter I have ever known. We are all wondering what will happen next, when we might return to work, school and normal life. I look forward to that, but I have to tell you – this season of distress has allowed us to see the goodness of God expressed through mankind. People are volunteering, giving, sewing, making grocery runs for shut-ins, and so much more. It is beautiful! I know God is pleased. Thank you for helping us to love people well during this scary season. Your gifts of love matter, both for now and for eternity.


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