Perhaps we are all in a Good Friday mindset during this Holy Week of 2020. Many are suffering losses, both big and small, and whatever our physical disposition, our worlds have become smaller, and The World itself seems smaller to us after having watched an invisible virus find its way into nearly every country and small corner.
To help you along in your observance of Good Friday, I’m sharing a poem by Elisabeth Elliot that is also a prayer to help us think about why we persist in our celebration of Good Friday. Certainly, we are limited in our ability to see one another’s faces today. We will not be gathering for ham and conversation around a loaded table on Easter Sunday, but there is one face we can behold with the eyes of our spirit, and I invite you now into that sacred beholding as we remember his death today:
The face of Jesus:
marred more than any man–
the beard plucked,
twisted in pain–
For my salvation.
A glorious face, now.
Let its light shine on me, O Light of Life.
Let Your radiance fall on me, Sun and Savior,
Lighten my darkness.
Then grant me this by Your grace:
That I, in turn, may give
“The Light of the knowledge of the glory of God”
As I see it in the face of Jesus Christ.
May it be so.
Blessings to you as you behold his face,
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