I enjoy reading Naked Pastor’s blog. His cartoons/comics/art always make me think. Today, he reflects on Good Friday with a bit of a grin.
At its most basic, Good Friday was a dark day when a leader and friend was unjustly sentenced to execution for living out and speaking for a different kind of society and world. He was killed by a system that was good at stamping out threats. He was killed by his own people’s insensitivity or inability to see what was in front of them. He was killed by a crowd whipped up in a frenzy. He was killed by us, humanity, all of us.
It is a dark day… and yet, the light that peeks in comes from the realization that even in someone’s death, life can emerge. This man’s death was not the final word. The movement didn’t end. Something else happened.
Journey in the darkness now. It’s Friday, but Sunday’s coming.
Janie Autz, our Director of Outreach on staff here, shared this news with me via email:
Katherine Turner, our Outreach Chair, and her daughter, Savannah (who will be baptized here on Sunday), have been volunteering in Forney today with one of the churches offering relief to families who have been displaced from their homes due to the tornadoes. Katherine says at this point they are not in need of any additional donated goods. But, families could really use gifts cards for restaurants… i.e. Subway, Chili’s, Pizza Hut, Dickie’s BBQ, Wendy’s, Chic-Fil-A, etc.
We will have baskets placed around the church on Easter Sunday if you would like to help. Losing everything you have, staying in a motel, and having to eat all your meals out is very expensive for one person, much less a family. Helping these families on Easter Sunday would truly be a “Resurrection Sunday” for them as well as each of us.
Katherine is our Outreach Chair and will deliver your gifts to the church in Forney on Monday who is coordinating relief efforts with the families.
Get to it, Table peeps. Bring a gift card and bless someone devastated by the recent storms this Sunday.
Be ready to sing a little Sarah McLachlan on Sunday – a great song as we look at Jesus as prophet who came to up end our value systems and point to a different way of life together.