Good Friday thoughts

Every year on Good Friday, I take some time to look at the figure of Jesus on the cross–suffering in a way most of us can’t even imagine.  And the thought comes to me, “What in the world did you think you were doing?!!!”  Gradually I tell myself the story again–usually not the one about God the judge who required this horrendous death to pay for our sins.  I tell myself about God the lover–or maybe the most loving parent imaginable–the one who is so loving and grace-filled that the notion of a demand for payment in order to forgive simply won’t fly.  With this understanding of God, we find our salvation (our transformation) by participating in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.  We follow his example and open ourselves up, suffering the many little deaths that litter the path we must take in order to grow into his likeness–giving ourselves away for the sake of the world. 


About aliceatgrace

I'm the Rector at Grace Episcopal Church in Hopkinsville, KY. When I came here in August, 2011, I discovered that we have a great asset that was being under-utilized, to say the least. We have a beautiful Chartres labyrinth that was dedicated four years ago, and I decided that I would do all I could to promote the use of it. It's now just post-Easter of 2012, and, about a month ago, it occurred to me that our labyrinth is a symbol of what the future of this church is intended to be. We are people on an ongoing spiritual journey together. We like to ask questions, and we don't always have to have the answers. We are confident that God is leading us into deeper relationships--both with God and with the world around us. We invite you to "come walk with us."
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