Blessings to you on this Good Friday. I offer this live version of Michael Gungor’s aching worship song “Beautiful Things” for you to use during some meditation time today. Good Friday is a Holy Day, Stop for a few minutes, drink in this song, then offer God a moment of silence.
When it was noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. At three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mk 15:33-34)
The hours of noon to 3 p.m. are particularly significant on this Good Friday as these commemorate the time Jesus hung on the cross. Today is a holy day and yet one where we sit with Jesus words of abandonment.
Episcopal priest, James Martin, said “It is not unreasonable to imagine Jesus, in this grave hour, feeling as if the Father were absent. And remember: If he’s crying out to God, he’s still in relationship with God. Here we need to distinguish between a person’s believing that God is absent and feeling it. The latter is common in the spiritual life. You may have had this experience yourself: believing in God, but not feeling that God is close.”
It is not hard to imagine this dark night of the soul. We all struggle with doubts about the presence of God. When you struggle in the spiritual life, when you wonder where God is, when you pray in doubt and darkness, and even when you are close to despair, you are praying to someone who is fully human and fully divine, and who understands you fully.
Let us be present on this holy day. With all that we feel. With silence. In hope.
*Good Friday Worship is available for you to watch here: Good Friday Worship – YouTube (If you want to watch it in community with others, go to the Myers Park Facebook group on Facebook at 7pm. There will be several pastors online and other members of the church commenting during the service. This happens every time there is a worship service and offers a wonderful sense of community)
*Easter Worship will be live on the lawn at 7, 9 and 11. Bring a chair or blanket. If you are out of town, worship is online here. Live Service Broadcast – Myers Park Presbyterian Church
*What to know WHY we call it Good Friday or more about Holy Week? Listen to Zach Cline and Millie Snyder on the MPPC youth podcast. And Also With You: #007 – What’s Up With Holy Week on Apple Podcasts
*Good Friday Prayer: Good Friday prayer – The Presbyterian Outlook (pres-outlook.org)