I was thinking of attending a Good Friday Service this morning, but I didn’t because
a) They’re always so early. I’ve gone to them before as a part of my high school choir years ago, and we always had to go early. Although I suppose the service might be around the usual time that services are on Sunday morning. Still. When you think you have off from school, and you have to wake up early for a school choir, it counts as really early. So today, I needed some more beauty sleep (because some people actually have to work for it, you know).
b) I didn’t feel like it. I’m just lazy sometimes.
As my act of worship today, I decided to write a poem. And yes, this was written in the spirit of laziness, but who knew what fruit could arrive from laziness!
So without any further ado, here is my poem. And since it’s Good Friday, it’s a bit somber, so get ready.
Good Friday Poem (I haven’t really thought of any real titles yet, so if you have some ideas, let me know!)
It’s a Friday. I had just finished up for the day,
And decided to take a walk through the woods.
It had been a rainy day,
And being stuck in the office made it much worse.
Over my head, I pull up my hood.
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As I walk through the trees that huddle together
I notice along the winding trail
A few other people, huddled against the weather,
And hooded as well, as if following a hearse
With their dark, narrow faces. But none of them wail.
“Hello,” I say, walking closer to them
“Hi Christian,” they say, to me. They know my name,
But I don’t know them.
They don’t look familiar to me, but cursed.
As if they were always living in shame.
I come to another group, less depressing than the first
And say hi to them as well.
They’re jolly, and making jokes, but burst
Into laughter when I tell them my name, they seemed averse
To getting to know me, and say, “Go to hell!”
Quickly, I pass by that group
I want none of that interaction
So I come to another, a troupe
Of thieves, stealing money from each other’s purse
And making faulty transactions.
Without saying hello, I pass by them too
And see, at the turn of the road
Thousands and thousands of other groups that grew
As they traversed,
Until all of a sudden, we slowed.
Ahead was a clearing in the trees,
Where a stake was nailed to the ground
A man was there, on his knees.
“Let’s beat him, first!”
Said one from the crowd, as we approached the mound.
And so we did. We beat him
With clubs and sticks that we brought
With us. His face was grim,
But even though he wasn’t coerced
To remain there, he never fought.
“Let’s tie him to the stake!” We said,
And so we did. We brought the ropes
From behind our backs while he bled,
And tied him to the stake as if it were rehearsed,
Then walked back down the slope.
Someone struck a match,
And held it aloft
As a signal. A batch
Of others lit up their matches, a verse
Of ultimate unity and scoff.
“Throw it,” someone sneered.
“Someone throw a match in.”
I paused at first, then volunteered,
Throwing in my match, and watched the others intersperse
Their matches onto the dying violin.
The wood ignited, surrounding the pole
With a deafening roar.
The figure on the stake just knelt on the coals,
And made not a cry, but instead did the reverse
And remained silent in the war.
Hours went by, and I watched this form
As he kneeled, beaten, in the ashes.
“Extinguish the flame,” I thought, when a storm
Was about to begin. He seemed to converse
With an invisible entity amidst the flashes.
A tear dropped to my cheek- or was it a raindrop?-
He looked up at me, and shook his head. “Why?”
“Because I love you,” I heard in my mind. Everything stopped,
But suddenly a lightning rod struck the stake, extinguishing the flames. Everyone dispersed
Except for me. Tears dripped from my eyes.
The figure slumped, the trees within the forest collapsed,
And the lightning continued to strike out at all of the trees,
Angry for the crime that was committed by the apostles.
What did I just do? I feel much worse
Than before the day began. I am not at ease.
After reading this, I want you to take some time to think on what Good Friday is all about. Think of how on this day, thousands of years ago, Jesus was crucified on Calvary for our sins. Every single one of our sins nailed him to the cross, and each one of us is as guilty as the next.
Not one of us is guiltless
Not one of us is saved
Without the power and sanctity of the beloved cross.
And while you think about how much we have all sinned and how much we will ever sin, think about how Jesus had a choice. He could have gone if he wanted to, but he remained.
Because he loves us. And that’s all we really need to know.