Good Friday – April 10 2020
Friends, welcome to Good Friday.
I encourage you to take some time today to enter the story, pray, and reflect. Below is a link to a 5 1/2 minute devotional video, part of my series of guided reflections for Holy Week.
If you’d like to go deeper, I invite you to add in any of the following to your devotional time:
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning?
O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer;
and by night, but find no rest.
Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel.
In you our ancestors trusted; they trusted, and you delivered them.
To you they cried, and were saved;
in you they trusted, and were not put to shame.
All who see me mock me; they shake their heads;
‘Commit your cause to the Lord; let him deliver –
let him rescue the one in whom he delights!’
Yet it was you who took me from the womb;
you kept me safe on my mother’s breast.
On you I was cast from my birth,
and since my mother bore me you have been my God.
Many bulls encircle me, strong bulls of Bashan surround me;
they open wide their mouths at me, like a ravening and roaring lion.
I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint;
my heart is like wax; it is melted within my breast
For dogs are all around me; a company of evildoers encircles me.
My hands and feet have shrivelled; I can count all my bones.
They sure and gloat over me;
they divide my clothes among themselves,
and for my clothing they cast lots.
Jesus, I wait here by your tomb
carrying my grief;
the grief of the betrayer,
the grief of the denier,
the grief of the crucifiers.
I carry the grief of the lost,
the heartbroken, the bereft.
Yet upon you was laid the grief of us all.
It is finished.
God of endings, God of the tomb;
God of dark days and great loss;
God of vulnerable love
be with us now.
For further reflection – listen to the Allegri “Miserere Mei”: