Friday, March 21, 2008

Good Friday Five

When I was a little girl I really didn't get why we called today "good". It didn't make sense. I wondered if the adults had made a mistake. This was the day when Jesus died on the cross. How could that be good. Fortunately, I caught on after a while. This is a good day. A day when we try to understand the heighth and depth and breadth of God's love for us.

On the RevGalBlogPals I posted these questions today:
  1. Our prayer concerns are as varied as we are this day. For whom would you like us to pray? Please pray for Jim and his family.

  2. Are there things you have done or will do today to help the young ones understand this important day in our lives? It was important to me as a parent that the Chick understand from an early age that Jesus really did die. I didn't want her to misunderstand and think that he was just resting. We didn't do anything special, beyond bringing her to worship and talking it through. But she knew fairly early on what happened on Good Friday.

  3. Music plays an important part in sharing the story of this day. Is there a hymn or piece of music that you have found particularly meaningful to your celebrations of Good Friday? "O Sacred Head, Now Wounded" touches something deep within me.

  4. As you hear the passion narrative, is there a character that you particularly resonate with? I think it must be Peter in his desires to get it right and his failures even though he loves Jesus deeply.

  5. Where have you seen the gracious God of love at work lately? In the children I spent the last five Sunday's with. They so got what was going on in worship. And they are ready to share the good news.

God's blessings on your Good Friday.


DogBlogger said...

So far it's unanimous on Peter for #4. He's always been one to make an impression, of course.

Good play, and thanks for coming up with this Five.

Sally said...

I'm not a Peter- though I am... but...
I have loved this F5!
Praise God for childrens simplicty, if only we had eyes to see as they so often do!!!

Anonymous said...

Yes, Peter is a popular choice. Thanks for writing this Friday Five!

QuakerPastor said...

Good FF! I also have a stron connection to Oh Sacred Head.

Wyldth1ng said...


So that you know there is a glitch with your link on the RevGals blog.

The Swandive said...

Thank you for the wonderful 5 today. Love teaching that Jesus really DID die. Honest and beautiful.

LawAndGospel said...

Great play!

Sue said...

Great Five today - thanks.

I didn't choose Peter either, but then I didn't really choose any of the characters.

This is such a prayerful friday five. I really needed this today.

Mother Laura said...

So wonderful about the children you have been working with--and your own.

Thanks again for this wonderful FF and many blessings on your great three days and Easter.

Muthah+ said...

hrod, I have been overwhelmed --coming back time after time to the white cross by Chigall(Sp). I even blew it up so I could look at all the symbols of the painting. What a powerful piece of art.

It has been especially powerful for me as I have tried to read Constantine's Sword during Lent. For the Cross to be in the center of a hasidic work of art says the power of the symbol but I doubt if it has the same meaning.

As I get older I find often that the symbols that has often carried my faith are becoming overwhelmed with meanings that make me challenge, call forth and demand more than facil answers.

Thank you for posting this version of the Crucifix. Even tho I have been piled up in bed for this Holy Week, I can say it has been one of my best Holy Weeks in many a year.

Singing Owl said...

I forgot to think of things I did with my own children. Sheesh!

Blessings to you. Praying for Jim's family.

Jayne said...

I've been chatting with some friends since I posted, seems there's quite a few of us who identify with Peter.

Thanks for a wonderful Friday Five..I appreciate this one.

Certified Healing Coach said...

Great Friday Five and good play.

About the young ones: I talked to Jonathan about Jesus dying, too. He buried his head in my shoulder when I was reading the story to him. And tonight, I really keenly felt the sense of loss, as I think Jonathan did.

I got to church early tonight and found "O Sacred Head Now Wounded" in the hymnal and sang it to myself.

revabi said...

prayers for Jim and his family.

Wonderful play.

Good choice of hymn.