Friday, March 21, 2008


Thank Goodness It’s GOOD Friday! It’s always wonderful when Friday rolls around in a week, but this Friday is Good Friday, making it especially fantastic. But have you ever wondered why we commemorate a holiday that represents the darkest day in history? After all, this is the day of Jesus Christ’s horrific suffering; the day he was beaten and nailed to a cross.

The good news is we know the end to that story, because in three days he rose and defeated death. He washed away our sins and paved our way for eternal life.

To borrow some words from my pastor from the confession and assurance part of our worship service …

He lived for us;
He died for us;
He rose in power and glory for us;
Friends believe the good news of the gospel; in Jesus Christ we are forgiven!

We will be “flowering the cross” on Easter morning at Woodforest Presbyterian Church in Houston. This is a tradition dating back to the 6th century and symbolizes the new life in our risen Lord. A bare and wooden cross has been in our churchyard throughout the season of Lent. Adorned with flowers on Easter morning, its transformation is breathtaking. It visually represents the new life we are celebrating. I will try to post pictures afterwards as it truly proves to be beautiful each year. Some years we accompany this with a butterfly release, only I’m not sure if that is part of the program this year or not.

If you are looking for a place to celebrate the resurrection of Christ this Easter Sunday, I invite you to attend services at Woodforest Presbyterian Church at 10:00am.

And, as my kids are so fond of saying, "Hoppy Easter!"