I have often wondered what the appropriate greeting for Good Friday should be. You can’t say “Happy Good Friday” or even, “I hope you have a good Good Friday.” Good Friday is a day to commemorate something that is definitely neither happy nor good… even when we know the rest of the story.
But I feel like there should be some kind of acknowledgement. What does one say about Good Friday?
The answer – or at least an answer – came to me unexpectedly in the form of an email from a friend: We should say about Good Friday the same thing we should do about Good Friday.
We should contemplate it.
So here is my Good Friday greeting to all of you:
Peace and Contemplation –
A peaceful and contemplative Good Friday to you.
Lord, help us to remember what this day signifies. Help us to experience your peace even as we contemplate the day that Jesus died. What was I doing today at 9 a.m.? At noontime? At 3 p.m.? Was I standing at your cross? Was I recognizing that even here – because of here – there is peace?
It was nine in the morning when they crucified Him (Mark 15:25).