Friday, March 29, 2013

Friday's Faith - Good Friday Blessings

Friday's Faith

Good Friday Blessings 

On this Good Friday, we may ask,

"What could be 'good' about God's allowing His own Son to die on the cross?"

We know from Scripture that Jesus made it clear, it was His choice whether or not to go to the cross, but that He was willing to make that choice because He knew His Father's heart, and lovingly agreed to give up His own life, knowing what His own death would accomplish for us. . .

What wondrous love is this, O my soul?!

In Merry Katherine's funeral, the preacher read several of Merry Katherine's favorite passages that she had marked in her own Bible. The following passage was one of those favorites that he read to us that night, and it seems to capture both the Easter story and her own journey. God's love pours out through this passage, as well as His tender provision for each of us, His children. 

Tommy related as I re-read this passage to him, that he has never told me this, but besides the verses of, "Who told you you were naked?" in Genesis, and "Why do you look for the living among the dead?" in Luke, this is the third of his favorite Bible passages! It seems father and child think alike; it is remarkable how the passage simply captures the whole gospel in just a few verses. Of course I wept as I read it because it also maps out my child's final years and days of her journey in the Lord:

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade---kept in Heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 
In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith---of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire---may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen Him, you love Him; and even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

~I Peter 1:3-9 (New International Version)

Thank You God, for Your amazing love, and Your faithful provision, made available through the greatest of all sacrifices a Father and Son could ever make. It renders us speechless . . .

~Picture, thanks to ~The Broken Hearted


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