Friday, March 29, 2013

Remembering Good Fridays



When I was a girl, back in the 50’s

my grandmother said

there should be no talking on Good Friday

between the hours of one and three


no running around, no radio and no TV

all out of respect for our Savior

Who suffered and died

upon the Cross at Calvary


so try though we did to be silent and still

we were as fidgety, squirmy and irksome

as any healthy active kids would be

who had not yet grasped

the profound depth of what happened

that terrible good day


and in the 70’s when my own children

were young and restless

I would bring them to church

during the very same hours Grandma decreed

to venerate the holy Cross

We’d approach the altar

where the Crucifix was displayed

kneel down and kiss the nail pierced feet of Jesus

or solemnly watch a reenactment of the Passion

by the youth group


Now, so many years later

now that I am a grandmother myself

I sit without fidgeting and fumbling

willingly turn off the radio and the TV

and carve out meaningful time to meditate

upon all my precious Lord endured

to save me from my sins


Sometimes I sing

“Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?”

Sometimes I weep

and sometimes, like today, I write a poem


Always, Jesus’ great sacrifice breaks my heart

and always, looking ahead to the empty tomb

I’m reminded of the Hallelujah Hope

I have in Him—which is eternal


My grandma would be so pleased


Maude Carolan Pych
Take some time today to remember Jesus' sacrifice to save us from our sins.
Oh, how He loves you and me!

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