Pulpit Reflections

Pulpit Reflections
As you read this article, it will be Good Friday. It has always seemed a bit strange to me to call this day "good." I know all of the reasons that it's referred to as good, yet it still seems a stretch to me. We know the goodness that comes out of this day, but the day itself seems anything but good.

Even Jesus struggled with it. "My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?" he cried from the cross. And this is a feeling that many of us have felt at some point in our lives. We have at some point felt alone, abandoned, forsaken, without God. We may have even wondered why God wasn't there for us.

Perhaps it has happened at the time of a death of a loved one. Perhaps it has come at the time of another type of loss such as crop failure, or divorce, or hail, or an automobile accident. Perhaps we have felt that way for no apparent reason at all. Where is God? Why can't God help me? Why can't God change the way that I feel?

Jesus asked "Where is God?" And deep down we know the answer, just as he did. Where is God? God was right there, hanging on the cross. Suffering and dying that we might know that death isn't the end. Those times in our lives when we ask where God is, we also know that answer. God hasn't abandoned us, because God has promised to be with us always.

The most important "good" thing that comes to us from Good Friday is that we know how the story ends. Jesus wasn't abandoned by God and the empty tomb of Easter proves it for us. His death on the cross wasn't the end. The celebration of Easter is just around the corner and for that we are eternally thankful.

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