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By Carol Brown

published in Family Matters eNewsletter, March 29, 2018

I love to celebrate Easter, but I would rather skip Good Friday. Easter has bright, pretty clothes, flowers in bloom, and candy. Good Friday has darkness, sad songs, and death. Easter is the happy ending, the empty tomb, and shouts of “He is risen, indeed!” Good Friday is somber and serious, with shouts of “Crucify him!” How can there be anything good about the day that Jesus was crucified? How can we sit in darkness, reflecting on Christ’s pain and suffering, and call this a good day? 

Good Friday is a day of mourning. It’s a day to remember that Jesus drank from the cup after begging that this might be taken from him. It’s the day that the sun went dark in the middle of the afternoon and the temple curtain was torn in two.

Does anyone really want to remember the pain? Do we want to relive the suffering? Probably not. But I have found that if I can summon the courage to really observe Good Friday, the joy of Easter morning is so much sweeter. If I can sit in the darkness and linger awhile in the place where sorrow meets redemption, I can rejoice more fully in the gift of my salvation…understanding the great cost.

A grateful heart on Easter morning for the gift of God’s grace and my salvation... this is the good in Good Friday. May you linger long enough on Good Friday to rejoice fully on Easter morning.