Submitted by April Kroninger, Deacon
Scripture: Matthew 27:57-66
Today's Devotion: We all have that dark place in our lives, the place of death, darkness, and imprisonment. Some of us spend a lot of time there, some of us are lucky enough to spend a minimal amount of time there, and some of us want to ignore it exists and avoid it all together. Joseph of Arimathea had a literal place of death and darkness, his newly carved out tomb. Without a second thought, he welcomed his precious savior Jesus into the darkest place in his life. From this point, Jesus' brightest light was made visible. He was able to open the tomb and shine his light on the world. We, like Joseph, need to allow Jesus into our darkest places. His presence will light our lives and help us to show his light to others.
Prayer: Lord, help me to open the darkest places of my life to you. Let your light shine in me and through me. Amen.
Submitted by John Chaffee, Director of Youth Ministry
Scripture: John 18:1-19:42
Today's Devotion: I wanted to write a unique devotion for Good Friday. I saw the entry was not taken yet, so, without hesitation, I signed my name. There were three different drafts and scribbles of notes across two sides of the same sheet of paper. I guess what you are reading now could be considered the fourth. Throughout all of those musings stood a single sentence. The surprising thing is that I cannot keep it from echoing in my mind. Perhaps it won't strike you the same way it does me, and that is okay. Through all my drafts there was one common theme—we avoid taking about pain, suffering, evil and death. We try to avoid the events of Good Friday, but the crucifixion of God is unavoidable and we cannot understand our hope without bowing before the mystery of that dark Friday. Below is the sentence that echoes in my mind, in your spare moments throughout the day, ask yourself what it means to you. Here it is...
"We cannot receive Easter in one hand if we are not already clinging to Good Friday in the other."
At some point tonight, clasp those same two hands together in prayer, and know that you are dear to the Lord in ways more profound and beautiful than you could imagine.
"Love is the new Law."
Prayer: Abba, help us to hold in tension the brokenness of this world with the hope you have for this world. On the days when Good Friday feels more real than Easter Sunday, guide us through our unbelief and toward your resurrected son. You alone are our light and our hope, help us not to love our beliefs, but instead, to love you as well as each other. Amen.
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