In Canada, today is a federal statutory holiday to celebrate Good Friday, which is a Christian holiday. For most of my life, this meant a day off school or work, with no real thought as to why we are given this day off. With almost 70% of Canadians either Christian or Catholic, it helps to explain why we are given a holiday to commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus. What does this day mean to you?
Gratitude Tip: For me, today is about a deep sense of gratitude for what Jesus did for us. He paid the ultimate sacrifice, the lamb of God, so that we would be saved. ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.’ John 3:16
When I was at McMaster, I was part of the McMaster Choir, and we sang ‘God So Love The World’ by John Stainer. I remember how much I loved singing it, even though I didn’t truly understand the meaning behind the words. It’s a beautiful and powerful choral piece, and I’d love to share this version by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
The more I read the Word and learn the meaning behind the texts, the closer I feel to God. And I am understanding my relationship with Jesus more and more. My life is full of faith and prayer on a daily basis, something that I never would have imagined would be possible. And I am only at the beginning of my faith journey, I am ever growing and learning and sharing. My daughter is a wonderful teacher, she has a beautiful relationship with Jesus, she speaks of Him as a friend. And when she speaks of God, her words have so much wisdom. She is a very connected child and it’s been truly wonderful to see her faith grow.
I leave you with this to meditate on today, Jesus said “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” John 14:6,7